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Fausto Veranzio[1] (circa 1551 – January 17, 1617) was a bishop. [2]

Fausto was born in Sibenik (old name: Sebenico)

He was a member of the noble family of counts Veranzio or conti Verantii (a branch of which later merged with Draganich family, creating the Counts Draganich-Veranzio), a notable family of writers.

He was the son of Michele Veranzio, a Latin poet, and the nephew of Antonio Veranzio, archbishop of Esztergom (1504–1573), a diplomat and a civil servant.

The family's main residence was in city of Sibenik. Also they owned a big summer house on the island of Prvic, in a place called Sepurine, (neighbouring to Prvic Luka) there he is buried in local church. The baroque castle that was used by Veranzio family as summer residence is now in possession of the Draganich family.

  • Below taken from Wikipedia

Education and political activities

As a child, he moved to Venice, where he attended schools, and then to Padua to join the University of Padua, where he focused on law, physics, engineering and mechanics.

At the court of Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor/King Rudolf II, in Hradcany Castle, in Prague, Veranzio was chancellor for Hungary and Transylvania often in contact with Johannes Kepler and Tycho Brahe. After his wife's death, Veranzio left for Hungary. In 1598, he got the title of Episcŏpus Csanadiensis. In 1609, back in Venice, he joined the brotherhood of Paul of Tarsus/Saint Paul of Tarsus and committed himself to the study of science. Veranzio died in 1617 in Venice and was buried in Dalmatia, near his family's country-house.

Mills, Urbanist, Engineer in Rome and Venice

His areas of interest in engineering and mechanics were broad. Mills were one of his main point of research, where he created 18 different designs. He envisioned windmills with both vertical and horizontal Axis of rotation/axes, with different wing constructions to improve their efficiency. The idea of a mill powered by tides incorporated accumulation pools filled with water by the high tide and emptied when the tide ebbed, simply using gravity; the concept has just recently been engineered and used.

By order of the Pope, he spent two years in Rome where he envisioned and made projects needed for regulating rivers, since Rome was often flooded by the Tiber river.[3] He also tackled the problem of the wells and water supply of Venice, which is surrounded by sea.[3] Devices to register the time using water, fire, or other methods were envisioned and materialized. His own sun clock was effective in reading the time, date, and month, but functioned only in the middle of the day.

The construction method of building metal bridges and the mechanics of the forces in the area of statics were also part of his research. He drew proposals which predated the actual construction of modern suspension bridges and cable-stayed bridges by over two centuries. The last area was described when further developed in a separate book by mathematician Simon de Bruges (Simon Stevin) in 1586.

More on Lexicography/History and philosophy

A few of Veranzio's works related to history remain: Regulae cancellariae regni Hungariae and De Slavinis seu Sarmatis in Dalmatia exist in manuscript form, while Scriptores rerum hungaricum was published in 1798. In Logica nova ("New logic") and Ethica christiana ("Christian ethics"), which were published in a single Venetian edition in 1616, Veranzio dealt with the problems of theology regarding the ideological clash between the Protestant Reformation/Reformation movement and Catholicism. Tommaso Campanella (1568–1639) and the Archbishop of Split Marco Antonio de Dominis (1560–1624) were his intellectual counterparts.


  1. ^ Alfred Day Rathbone, He's in the paratroops now, R.M. McBride & Company, 1943, University of California. page 172
  2. ^ Berthold Laufer, The Prehistory of Aviation Chicago Field Museum of Natural History, University of Michigan, 1928
  3. ^ a b Biblioteca italiana, o sia giornale di letteratura, scienze ed arti, Vol 53, New York Public Library, 1829


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