The Illyrian Academy (Academia Illyrika iliti vam Slovinska) was an academy established in Split, Venetian Republic probably in 1703 or 1704. Its mission was to further the causes of the Counter-Reformation movement of the Catholic Church and to advance Slavic letters hoping to spread the use of Slavic (Slovinski) language. The intention of members of this academy was to make their language more attractive and to deal with questions of the writing style. They established the academy in Split because they considered language spoken in Split as the most accomplished Slavic language. They were also concerned about liberation of the Slavic brothers from the Ottoman rule.
Academia Illyrika iliti vam Slovinska
|Formation||probably in 1703 or 1704|
|Founder||John Peter Marchi|
The establishment of this academy corresponds with decline of the Ottoman Empire and introduction of the Slavic language into literature published for the Slavic speakers of the Balkans. The Illyrian Academy was one of many similar academies established in Dalmatia in the beginning of the 18th century to further the causes of the Counter-Reformation movement of the Catholic church and to advance Slavic letters hoping to spread the use of Slavic (Slovinski) language.
The Illyrian Academy was founded at the very beginning of the 18th century, probably in 1703 or in 1704. John Peter Marchi, a member of the Split nobility, was founder, president and member of the Illyrian Academy. The archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Split-Makarska, Stephanus Cosimi, supported the establishment of the Illyrian Academy. In his 1703 letter he informs Paštrić about the establishment of the academy. Paštrić probably became a member of the Illyrian Academy.
The purpose of the Illyrian Academy was to develop science and literature having academies in Italy as role model. The Illyirian Academy published literature works using a language spoken by the people.
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