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, as well as in his studies on meteors and fossils. Skirting the question of the origin of life, he confines himself to underlining its essential character in a succinct definition: ‘Life itself: the act of living: vigour: verdancy’. 64 The vital functions of plants depend on the vegetative soul

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theses that had been maintained not only by Plato but also by Aristotle and the hermetic tradition, had stated that the celestial bodies are living beings, guided in their motions by a soul-mind in perfect resonance with the soul of the world. Using a suggestive metaphor, he had declared that the

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appear convincing, he invited the reader to refrain from scepticism because the figures of the limbs impressed by the king’s spirit on the honey and their progressive transformations through a process of maturation to become living organisms endowed with harmoniously disposed limbs could not be seen with

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work for the rest of his life: the attempt to define the true nature of plants and the conviction of the need to abolish, or at least attenuate, the traditional clear-cut division between the animal and plant kingdoms. The expression ‘Phytosophical lecture’ was to be echoed a quarter of a century

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study of nature. Still motivated by his desire to please his Tuscan guest, Cesi stressed that a continuous growth of knowledge was produced not only by ‘remarkable instruments, the most rare and effective medicaments, fire-arms, weapons, defences, machines, devices to raise water’ but also by

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theologian is also evident from the attention that he devoted to collecting information about his life, scientific production and character with a view to composing an official biography of the posthumous Lincean. 19 If one bears in mind the active presence of Persio in the family setting in which Federico

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not devoid of philosophical doctrine, and as far as possible I endeavour to leave in them a living testimony of the respect and reverence that I pay to the eminent virtues. 11 Cesarini’s opinion was fully shared by his cousin, Prince Cesi, who had included the practice of poetry, provided it had a