Brief Biography of Michael Maier

Michael Maier
Count Michael Maier was a Lutheran alchemist and physician at the courts of Emperor Rudolf II and Moritz of Hessen-Kassel.

He is best known for his book Atalanta Fugiens, which was first published in Latin in 1617. Atalanta Fugiens is a collection of allegorical alchemical illustrations accompanied by extended discourses on their inner meanings, interspersed occasionally with alchemical verses and music. (The Alchemy Website notes that, with the writing, visuals and musical pieces, Atalanta Fugiens “was an early example of multimedia.”)

Maier was also a defender of the early Rosicrucian movement prior to the outbreak of the Thirty Years’ War.

Maier was a friend of other well-known alchemists of the time, such as Robert Fludd.

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