By Gábor Kármán
In A Seventeenth-Century Odyssey Gábor Kármán reconstructs the existence tale of a lesser-known Hungarian orientalist, Jakab Harsányi Nagy. The dialogue of his actions as a faculty instructor in Transylvania, as a diplomat and interpreter on the chic Porte, as a secretary of a Moldavian voivode in exile, in addition to a courtroom councillor of Friedrich Wilhelm, the nice Elector of Brandenburg not just sheds gentle upon the terribly flexible occupation of this person, but additionally at the number of circles during which he lived. Gábor Kármán additionally provides the 1st old research of Harsányi’s contribution to Turkish experiences, the Colloquia Familiaria Turcico-latina (1672).
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Imre Békési et al. (Budapest and Szeged, 1993), vol. 2, 497. Szabó, “Haller Gábor peregrinációja,” 18). 61 It is clear from the numbers quoted above that the popularity of the university did not decrease among the Hungarian students after Ames’s departure, and they continued to take part in the public life of the academy as well. In 1640, Mátyás Gönczi, who arrived with Harsányi, was already a respondent at two disputations. 62 János Debreceni Balyik, the travelling companion with whom Harsányi arrived in Leiden, had already spent eighteen months in Franeker, and even had his disputation published there in 1640.
The market town of Gönc, Gönczi’s probable place of origin, is close to Kassa. indb 27 11/17/2015 3:57:45 PM 28 Chapter 1 enough to accommodate himself, and, after a month, he had already matriculated in Leiden. We do not know the reason for Harsányi’s speedy departure. Although three quarters of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Transylvanian students only enrolled at a single university, it was not uncommon for a student to decide to visit another one after one or two semesters. Compared to these Harsányi’s stay in Franeker was short, but by no means a record.
Despite the rather dry style of contemporary travelogues we find again and again signs of 100 101 The collected manuscripts of István Kocsi Csergő, Sárospataki Református Kollégium Tudományos Gyűjteményei, Nagykönyvtár, Kézirattár 403, 747–791. On apodemic literature generally, see Justin Stagl, “Der wohl unterwiesene Passagier: Reisekunst und Gesellschaftbeschreibung vom 16. bis zum 18. Jahrhundert,” in Reisen und Reisebeschreibungen im 18. und 19. Jahrhundert als Quellen der Kulturbeziehungsforschung, ed.