Iosias Simlerus. Heluctius Theologus. Nasc. Capellis in Heluctius anno. Ob. Tigury. An. 1576. 2, Julij.Astronimus, bonus Historicus, verbig minister, Trinam animam trino consecro rito: Deo. R.
Josias Simmler (1530-1576) was a Swiss theologian and classicist, author of the first book relating solely to the Alps. In his treatise 'De Alpibus commentarius', he collected all that the classical authors had written on the Alps, adding a good deal of material collected from his friends and correspondents. It was the first work exclusively devoted to the Alps. Another fragment of his vast plan to make his native land better known, was the work entitled 'De Helvetiorum republica', which appeared in Zurich in 1576, just before his death. It was regarded as the chief authority on Swiss constitutional matters up to 1798.
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