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The skeleton of a giant, in Athanasius Kircher,Mundus Subterraneus

1665

The British Library

The British Library
London, United Kingdom

Did 90 metre-tall giants live in Sicily? This image is taken from Mundus Subterraneus (‘The Underground World’), by the German author, Athanasius Kircher. While travelling in Italy, Kircher experienced an earthquake and became fascinated with what was beneath the Earth. He claimed that an enormous skeleton had been discovered in a Sicilian cave in the 14th century. Here he shows that giant’s scale in comparison to a normal human, the Biblical giant Goliath, a Swiss giant and a Mauritanian giant. Shown here: II, pp. 56

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  • Title: The skeleton of a giant, in Athanasius Kircher,Mundus Subterraneus
  • Date Created: 1665
  • Location: British Library, London, UK
  • Location Created: Amsterdam
  • Type: Printed book
  • Original Source: 32.k.1.
  • Rights: Public Domain in most countries other than the UK. For more information visit: https://www.bl.uk/help/how-to-reuse-images-of-unpublished-manuscripts

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