Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

2014 Edition
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Riccius, Augustinus

  • Giancarlo Truffa
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-9917-7_9325

Alternate Names

 Ricchus;  Ricci;  Richius;  Ritii

Born (Germany)

Diedpossibly Casale Monferrato, Italy, 1516 or 1517

Riccius was an astronomer/astrologer who converted from Judaism to Christianity. Little is known of his life. He was possibly the brother of Paulus Riccius or Paulus Israelita, humanist, translator, and one of the most famous Christian cabalists of the Renaissance. Augustinus was born in Germany and converted to Christianity in Italy in 1505, when he took his name from his patron, Stefano Ricci.

Augustinus Riccius is said to have followed the lessons of Abraham Zacut first in Salamanca and later in Tunis. He was an astrologer to Guglielmo, IX Marquis of Monferrato, in northwest Italy, where he knew the famous occultist, astrologer, alchemist, and theologian Cornelius Agrippa. Two letters of their correspondence are preserved in a manuscript of the Bibliotheque municipale de Lyon in France.

Riccius is known only for one work on the motion of the eighth sphere, that of...

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Selected References

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MilanItaly