In this house I chanced to find a volume of the works of Cornelius Agrippa. I opened it with apathy; the theory which he attempts to demonstrate and the wonderful facts which he relates soon changed this feeling into enthusiasm.
If, instead of this remark, my father had taken the pains to explain to me that the principles of Agrippa had been entirely exploded and that a modern system of science had been introduced which possessed much greater powers than the ancient, because the powers of the latter were chimerical, while those of the former were real and practical, under such circumstances I should certainty have thrown Agrippa aside and have contented my imagination, warmed as it was, by returning with greater ardour to my former studies.
All that he said threw greatly into the shade Cornelius Agrippa, Albertus Magnus, and Paracelsus, the lords of my imagination; but by some fatality the overthrow of these men disinclined me to pursue my accustomed studies.
Augustus raised Agrippa
(though of mean birth) to that height, as when he consulted with Maecenas, about the marriage of his daughter Julia, Maecenas took the liberty to tell him, that he must either marry his daughter to Agrippa
, or take away his life; there was no third way, he had made him so great.
Returning back to his own vessel, he was charged with neglect of duty, and the ship given to a favourite page of Publicola, the vice-admiral; whereupon he retired to a poor farm at a great distance from Rome, and there ended his life." I was so curious to know the truth of this story, that I desired Agrippa
might be called, who was admiral in that fight.
"Does she belong to the family of the celebrated Agrippa
, the friend of Henry IV.?"
Then, gentle friends, aid me in this attempt; And I, that have with subtle syllogisms Gravell'd the pastors of the German church, And made the flowering pride of Wittenberg Swarm to my problems, as th' infernal spirits On sweet Musaeus when he came to hell, Will be as cunning as Agrippa
was, Whose shadow made all Europe honour him.
They were the works of philosophers of the middle ages, such as Albertus Magnus, Cornelius Agrippa
, Paracelsus, and the famous friar who created the prophetic Brazen Head.
All the value which attaches to Pythagoras, Paracelsus, Cornelius Agrippa
, Cardan, Kepler, Swedenborg, Schelling, Oken, or any other who introduces questionable facts into his cosmogony, as angels, devils, magic, astrology, palmistry, mesmerism, and so on, is the certificate we have of departure from routine, and that here is a new witness.
Ramotswa Police Traffic Division head, Assistant Superintendent Agrippa
Gambule said confirmed the accident in an interview, stating that among eight people injured were three prison warders, four inmates as well as a pedestrian who was hit by the bus after it lost its balance.
"I'm better than Caesar/A real diamond geezer," raps an emasculated Emperor Nero as he attempts to emerge from the shadow of his formidable mother, Agrippa
Above: Craig Roberts hams it up as Nero alongside his mother Agrippa
, played by Kim Cattrall