While I am on the subject of Faust from yesterday, I should also share this bit of wisdom from Konrad Muthian, the German humanist, who was a contemporary of the diabolical doctor. In a letter of October 3, 1513, he complained that the uneducated fell for Faust's fraudulent displays of supernatural power. Some things never change. I'm looking at you, Long Island Medium.
Eight days ago there came to Erfurt a Professor of Palmistry, named Georgius Faustus Hemitheus, Hedebergensis, a braggart and a fool. His art, as that of all diviners, is vain, and such physiognomic science lighter than a water-bug. The vulgar are lost in admiration. Let theologians rise against him. (Trans. William Chatterton Coupland)
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