Faculty of Humanities
University of Amsterdam

IFW I: Alchemy of the Amphitheatrum (Forshaw)

In collaboration with the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica

“The Alchemy of the Amphitheatrum”, by Peter Forshaw

The first lecture in the Infinite Fire Webinar series focuses on Heinrich Khunrath’s Amphitheatrum Sapientiae Aeternae – “The Amphitheatre of Eternal Wisdom”, which was originally published in 1595. This book  has traditionally been considered a strange mix of Christianity and magic. Peter elaborates on the alchemical symbolism of four circular and five rectangular engravings integrated in the Amphitheatrum, and comments on a number of the other famous engravings in this remarkable work.