The 400th Birth Anniversary of Štefan Pilárik celebrated by Slovakia Post

February 3rd, 2015 would like to introduce a new postage stamp by Slovakia Post honoring the work and creativity of Štefan Pilárik. The postage stamp includes motifs from the author's manuscript "Favus distillans", its origins being the collection of the University Library in Bratislava. The issue is to be released and put into circulation on the 6th of February.

Štefan Pilárik was an Evangelic priest, remarkable poet and prose-writer of the Baroque period. He lived in turbulent times of confessional disputes, Ottoman attacks and anti-Habsburg moods. Contemporary social events and the dramatic fate of authors were also reflected in his works.

The most significant work from the literary perspective is his epic and reflective poem Sors Pilarikiana – Osud Pilárika Štefana ("Sors Pilarikiana – The Fate of Pilárik Štefan"), which was published in slovakised Czech in Žilina in 1666. The author reflected on his experience from 1663, when he was subjected to two months of Ottoman imprisonment. In this poetic and mystical prose, he depicted reality under the influence of his confessional conviction.

The author's thinking and his life on the basis of contemporary Church history was manifested in another autobiography Currus Jehovae mirabilis ("Miraculous God's Chariot", Wittenberg 1678). In a hundred-page work, he confronted the reality of life with religious and mystical thinking, offering readers his preaching, religious and educational ideas. The only authentic portrait of Štefan Pilárik has been preserved in this book.