Sunday, October 26, 2014

"Linnaeus died ... The remains of this celebrated man were interred at Upsala Cathedral" #Uppsala

2014.10.25-IMG_2282"Linnaeus died on January 10, 1778, "aged seventy, seven months and seven days, with the nation to guard his good name." The remains of this celebrated man were interred at Upsala Cathedral, and the funeral procession was composed of members of the whole university, the pall being supported by sixteen doctors of physic, all of whom had been his pupils. A general mourning took place at Upsala, and the king, Gustavus III., ordered a medal to be struck expressive of the public loss, one side of which exhibits the bust of the great naturalist, with his name; the reverse shows Cybele in an attitude of grief, holding in her left hand a key, and surrounded by animals and plants."  Through the Fields with Linnæus: A Chapter in Swedish History by Florence Cady (1887), Volume 2, p.370

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