Gerardus Vossius

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In existographies, Gerardus Vossius (378-306 BE) (1577-1649 ACM) (RMS:23) (CR:5) (LH:1) (TL:6) was Dutch classical religio-mythology scholar, noted for []



Vossius was a friend of Hugo Grotius.


Vossius influenced: John Callander, Dorothy Murdock.


Quotes | On

The following are quotes on Vossius:

“The Latins used the V, and so formed vita, vivere, vivax, victus, vicło, vis, vigor, vigeo, and a thousand more; as also the derivatives we have adopted from that language, vivacity, violent, vivid, etc. Vossius [c.1630], able to get no further than the Greek, deduces vita from βιοτη [?]: but βιος (bios), ‘life’; βια (bia), ‘violence’, βιαηοπαι [?], βιοω [?], all come from one primitive, as also Greek ις (Is), the vis of the Latins, ιςχνς, is ιςχνρος, only by suppressing the aspirate.”
John Callander (1782), Two Scottish Poems (pg. 19) [1]
Vossius, like the Florentine and Cambridge Platonists, accepted the theory of a tradition of "ancient theology," a prisca theologia, which showed that an original, initially clear, divine revelation was given to Moses which then trickled down into the religions of other cultures and became, in this process, corrupted into pagan views when idolatrous elements were introduced and connections made between natural events and divine personalities and forces. By tracing back what is known of the earliest forms of pagan theology, following later developments, and identifying how traces of Hebrew theology could still be discerned in the histories of pagan traditions (for example, recognizing that the Hebrew Moses must be identified with such pagan figures as Mocchus, Mises, Moso, Palaestinus, Jockim, or Melehil), one could understand the origin and history of heathen mythologies and cults. Vossius' text is a handbook of mythology, ancient and modern.”
— Richard Popking (1990), “The Crisis of Polytheism and the Answers”[2]

End matter


  1. James V (of Scotland). (c.1540). Two Scottish Poems: the Gaberlunzie-man, and Christ’s Kirk on the Green, with Notes and Observations (notes and observations by John Callander) (pgs. 19-20). Publisher, 1782.
  2. Popkin, Richard H. (1990). “The Crisis of Polytheism and the Answers” (abs), in: Essays on the Context, Nature, and Influence of Isaac Newton’s Theology (editors: James Force and Richard Popkin) (pg. 10-11). Springer, 2012.

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