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Celebrazione del 100° anniversario del ritrovamento del Codice Voynich a Villa Mondragoneil 12 maggio 2012

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Profiling the Voynich author:

Profiling the Voynich author ©dott. Claudio Foti, Voynich 100, Villa Mondragone, 12/05/2012

Unsub Characteristics :

Unsub Characteristics wrote between 1404 and 1438(max 1460) ©dott. Claudio Foti, Voynich 100, Villa Mondragone, 12/05/2012

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Unsub Characteristics Had techinical knowledge of : Botany Astronomy Alchemy Thermal Medicine Rites of ablution ©dott. Claudio Foti, Voynich 100, Villa Mondragone, 12/05/2012

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Unsub Characteristics Had writing and copying skills © dott. Claudio Foti, Voynich 100, Villa Mondragone, 12/05/2012

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Unsub Characteristics Different handwritings (written by several authors?) ©dott. Claudio Foti, Voynich 100, Villa Mondragone, 12/05/2012

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Unsub Characteristics 5) Had k nowledge of latin, greek and of wisdom from ancient tomes © dott. Claudio Foti, Voynich 100, Villa Mondragone, 12/05/2012

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Unsub Characteristics 6)Went Unnoticed. Why the VMS has been unnoticed at its time? © dott. Claudio Foti, Voynich 100, Villa Mondragone, 12/05/2012

Unsub Poggio:

Unsub Poggio Wrote between 1404 and 1438 ( max 1460) Lived between 1380 and 1459 © dott. Claudio Foti, Voynich 100, Villa Mondragone, 12/05/2012

Unsub Poggio:

Unsub Poggio HAD TECHINCAL KNOWLEDGE OF : Botany Astronomy Alchemy Thermal Medicine Rites of ablution Bracciolini knew a lot of ancient texts as Trotula Major, Trotula Minor and the Astronomicon © dott. Claudio Foti, Voynich 100, Villa Mondragone, 12/05/2012

Unsub Poggio:

Unsub Poggio Alchemy Poggio lived in England for some years in a period said by William Sheperd as “ one of the darkest which occur in the whose series of British annals” These champions of English literature were however nothing more than monks and astrologers The occult sciences and the mysteries of theology formed the study of those few who pretended to the fame of the learned. © dott. Claudio Foti, Voynich 100, Villa Mondragone, 12/05/2012

Unsub Poggio:

Unsub Poggio Alchemy Strange kind of savants, astrologuers, alchemists, occult masters not able to write in correct latin… Why did Poggio go to England? Who did he meet there? By what was he fascinated? It ’ s uncertain, but Poggio may have acquired alchemical / hermetic knowledge herer © dott. Claudio Foti, Voynich 100, Villa Mondragone, 12/05/2012

Unsub Poggio:

Unsub Poggio Thermal Medicine Rites of ablution In the spring of 1416 he took a sabbatical period and went to Baden. At the spa. He had a real passion for it. It left a description, in a letter to Niccolò Niccoli, where the bathrooms were presented as the fashion of the fifteenth century. Poggio writes “... from these baths where I came to cure an impediment at the joints of the hands that I am writing to you to show the situation of this place, the customs of its inhabitants and way of life of people who come here for the benefit of water ...” Poggio continues in the letter saying that the Baths of Baden are better and more extraordinary than those of Pozzuoli © dott. Claudio Foti, Voynich 100, Villa Mondragone, 12/05/2012

Unsub Poggio:

Unsub Poggio Thermal Medicine Rites of ablution Poggio goes on to say that here men and women baths in thermal waters separated only by low fences. And it is curious to see young girls and older women bathing naked together. Women often go hand in hand with each other. Some of the Voynich folios are knocking at my mind, now. © dott. Claudio Foti, Voynich 100, Villa Mondragone, 12/05/2012

Unsub Poggio:

Unsub Poggio Thermal Medicin Rites of ablution But in his letters Poggio says too: “... and it's nice to see fresh young girls happy pose in the midst of the waters as described by the poets, there were the nymphs ...” do you remember anything? Poggio spent much time at the spa of Baden, not watered frequently, but visit all baths, watching from above by that fence that allowed anyone to converse with the swimmers. Poggio enthusiastic wrote: “I seem to be the place where the first man was created, and that the Jews call it, Gamedon, ie the garden of pleasure. And if pleasure can render a man happy, nothing is missing here because he is fully accomplished.” © dott. Claudio Foti, Voynich 100, Villa Mondragone, 12/05/2012

Unsub Poggio:

Unsub Poggio 3) Had writing and copying skills Poggio and his team searched and copied many ancient texts. © dott. Claudio Foti, Voynich 100, Villa Mondragone, 12/05/2012

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Unsub Poggio Different handwritings Now consider the characters of the Voynich. Probably the codex was written by several people, just like used Poggio and his team . Also one of the main virtues of Poggio Bracciolini was 'the invention' Carolingian minuscule handwriting that had fallen into disuse. He stimulated and developed the 'humanistic tiny round', which he promoted in his letters, while nearly all the manuscripts were hand copied by him in cursive, writing less clear but much faster © dott. Claudio Foti, Voynich 100, Villa Mondragone, 12/05/2012

Unsub Poggio:

Unsub Poggio Had knowledge of latin, greek and wisdom known in ancient tomes Renowned teacher of Latin and greek his literary reputation reached Boniface IX, who called him and gave him the task of apostolic letter writer, we are in 1402. © dott. Claudio Foti, Voynich 100, Villa Mondragone, 12/05/2012

Unsub Poggio:

Unsub Poggio Went Unnoticed. Why the VMS has been unnoticed at his time? Bracciolini was a noted scholar and discoverer of ancient works, personally transcribed other ancient manuscripts and nobody would have been surprised if he had found an ancient code and had sold it. © dott. Claudio Foti, Voynich 100, Villa Mondragone, 12/05/2012

Mysterious task::

Mysterious task: From the Poggio’s epistolarium emerges that Cardinal Piero Lamberteschi offered him a lot of money to realize a mysterious task, most probably writing a book. Poggio accepted but asked to be left alone with many other books for a period of circa 3 years. Was he writing the tome that will be known as Voynich manuscript? Until now we have seen that he was full capable of doing it. ( TONELLI, Ep. I.17) © dott. Claudio Foti, Voynich 100, Villa Mondragone, 12/05/2012

Others elements :

Others elements Others elements for Poggio Bracciolini’s theory Reasons: Money: 500-600 fiorini for the compilation of the book on behalf of Cardinal Piero Lamberteschi(TONELLI, Ep. I.17) Moral: Poggio had no half-measures and for him the end justifies the means. What else Poggio Bracciolini did with these texts? Did he recover them from dark dungeons in order to bring them to light? Just as W. Voynich did? Did he resell them? No. Poggio Bracciolini work was wider. He personally copied many manuscripts, but not just for the sake of art and literature. Infact Poggio Bracciolini sold its copies for a fee and sometimes arranged to destroy the originals to prevent others from breaking his monopoly Germanic author of Voynich manuscript? If this assumption is correct we will have an answer: Heinrich von Grebenstein, Poggio’s collaborator. (GORDAN, XLII) Precise period: From the wide and deep Bracciolini's letters it emerges that he made a mysterious job, probably the drafting of a text, between 1422 and 1429.(TONELLI-GORDAN) Prague: Here there aren’t many points of reference but it is known that Poggio Bracciolini was a friend of Jerome of Prague, then burned as a heretic. It is possible that the Voynich has come to Prague because of this friendship? © dott. Claudio Foti, Voynich 100, Villa Mondragone, 12/05/2012

CONCLUSIONS:

CONCLUSIONS Let’s try to quickly pull the sums: Poggio Bracciolini was a books hunter, an enlightened and ruthless man at the same time. A long-time employee of the church, was the most brilliant of the early fifteenth-century manuscript hunters. He braved what he described as the squalid, neglected libraries of Germany, Switzerland, and England in his quest for ancient texts. He had the support of the Church in his researches and all the doors were opened to him, those who remained close were forced. Friend of a heretic of Prague, a lover of astronomy and thermae. Poggio, inventor of a calligraphy, scribe of various books, got a mysterious and very profitable assignment from Cardinal Piero Lamberteschi shortly after his trip to England. All this would lead to considerable connections with the realization of a mysterious manuscript as the Voynich, in which the wisdom of Poggio in all the humanities may have played a key role. Poggio knew Trotula’s works, Poggio loved the Thermae, Poggio had come in contact with heretics and astronomers. And what about an intelligible text penned by a writing very similar to the one he invented? Moreover, the plurality of entries in the Voynich are compatible with Bracciolini’s work team. The question is not farfetched or rhetoric but it is possible that Poggio Bracciolini with his knowledge has "built" the Voynich? There are no certainties but only trails that climb in a misty forest from which we hope to see emerge sooner or later if not the meaning of the Voynich manuscript at least the silhouette of its author. © dott. Claudio Foti, Voynich 100, Villa Mondragone, 12/05/2012

Samples of Poggio’s works:

Samples of Poggio’s works Copy of Cicero’s Oratione Poggio’s Facezie Copy of Macrobio © dott. Claudio Foti, Voynich 100, Villa Mondragone, 12/05/2012

Final aim:

Final aim Why did Cardinal Piero Lamberteschi assign this task to Poggio? Lamberteschi and Poggio were close friends and collaborators of Cosimo de’ Medici… Cosimo was the one who ‘found’ the Corpus Hermeticum © dott. Claudio Foti, Voynich 100, Villa Mondragone, 12/05/2012

Final aim:

Final aim The Corpus Hermeticum is said to have been written by Hermes Trismegistus and is composed of different tomes. It d enies the divinity of Christ The Church tried to discredit it by a careful and peculiar work of falsification: a few books of the Corpus, in fact, were tampered with, others perhaps invented, so it seemed even later than the same biblical pages Was this the reason why Cardinal Lamberteschi asked for the creation of a mysterious book by Poggio Bracciolini? © dott. Claudio Foti, Voynich 100, Villa Mondragone, 12/05/2012

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