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An Overview of the Flacius Memorial Collection
Second Part: The presence of Croats (Schiavoni) in Venice PDF Print E-mail
An Overview of the Flacius Memorial Collection
Venice maintained trade links with the coastal regions of the Adriatic Sea. Seafarers and merchants who were coming to the harbour from the Croatian shores and islands were collectively referred to as Slavs or Schiavoni. Their presence is evidenced by the names of Croatian islands, such as Brač (Bracia), Rab (Arbe) and Hvar (Lesina) that were carved into the dock. This is most probably how the waterfront right next to St. Mark’s Square got its name: Riva degli Schiavoni (the Dock of the Slavs).
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Second part: Garbitius and Flacius PDF Print E-mail
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Matthias Garbitius Illyricus (1511-59) was the first known Protestant from South-East Europe. Flacius lived in Garbitius’ home while in Tübingen, where they could use their mother tongue, speak about their childhoods and about the beauty of their homeland.

Garbitius introduced Flacius to many distinguished people; among them was Joachim Camerarius (1500-1574), who was Melanchthon’s close friend and his biographer. Camerarius and Garbitius saw a great potential in Flacius.  In 1541, they decided to send him to Wittenberg for further education.
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Second part: Flacius in Wittenberg PDF Print E-mail
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Melanchthon welcomed Flacius in Wittenberg in 1541 on the basis of his recommendations from Camerarius and Garbitius. He came in order to study for a master’s degree. Flacius became a professor of the Hebrew language at the University in 1544, when he was only 24 years old and remained in Wittenberg for five more years. As a relatively young man and a foreigner he reached a high social status, received a good wage and had a steady job. All this surely had a positive effect on Flacius and gave him self-confidence and security.

Flacius published his first theological work De vocabulo fidei when he was 29 years old.
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