Mathias Casimir Sarbiewski

SARBIEWSKI, Mathias Casimir (Maciej Kazimierz). b. near Plonsk, Poland, 24 February 1595; d. 2 April 1640. Sarbiewski entered the tutelage of the Jesuit order at the age of seventeen. After a thorough grounding in rhetoric, philosophy, and the humanities, he journeyed to Rome in 1622, where he was ordained as a priest in 1623. It was perhaps during this time that he first encountered Maffeo Barberini, a man educated by and sympathetic to the Jesuits (Barberini was elected Pope Urban VIII in 1623). Upon returning to Poland, Sarbiewski served as professor of humanities, philosophy, and theology at the University of Vilna from 1626 to 1635. King Władisław IV employed Sarbiewski as his personal...

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