Matthias Bel

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Matthias Bel or Matthias Bél (; ; ; ; March 22, 1684 – August 29, 1749) was a lutheran pastor and polymath from the Kingdom of Hungary. He is also known as the Great Ornament of Hungary (Magnum decus Hungariae). He described himself as "lingua Sla-vus, natione Hungarus, eruditione Germanus" ("by language a Slav, by nation a Hungarus, by erudition a German").

Origin, life

Matthias Bel was born in Očová at which time it was part of the Kingdom of Hungary. while his mother was Erzsébet Cseszneky, a Hungarian noble of Slovak or Magyar origin, from Veszprém.

According to some Slovak sources, he considered himself an ethnic SlovakFraňo, J. : Múdry Matej alebo rozprávanie o Matejovi Belovi a jeho dobe. Bratislava, Mladé...
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