posted on Jan, 12 2003 @ 07:17 AM
Intriguing choice, deepwaters -although I'm not sure he's actually "forgotten" -at least not to any student of the
Reformation/Renaissance/Counter-Reformation or even of Elizabethan English Literature.
And, if you know Rome -you'll know that there is a rather splendid statue there in his memory.
"Greater part of his life": not quite; but an energetic traveller (especially among the Protestants) - "returning home" isn't quite right
either (in the geopolitics of that day, at least): they got him in the Papal States -not in Naples.
An "epistemologist"? Yes, I guess so -particularly in his influence on Spinoza. "Semanticist" - not a clear term to me, I'm afraid.
Given the contempt for history we have come to believe synonymous with Hollywood, he'd even make a tolerable movie-subject. Rather Romantic stuff:
clever poor boy escapes from dreadful Catholics, wanders through Europe, is seduced back to Rome, jailed for 8 years and then burnt alive. He could
easily have met Shakespeare, Elizabeth -who knows whom?? Pity he was white, really.
If he is unknown to some posters -he really is worth a little search and read.