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MACROBIUS: COMMENTARY ON THE DREAM OF SCIPIO [William Harris Stahl] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Description. This illumination is from a 15th-century Italian manuscript of Macrobius’s commentary on Cicero’s Somnium Scipionis (Dream of Scipio). It shows the. Macrobii Ambrosii Aurelii Theodosii, Uiri Consularis, & Illustris, in Somnium Scipionis, Lib. Ii. Saturnaliorum, Lib. Vii. [REVIEW]Ambrosius Aurelius Theodosius.

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The second book begins with a collection of bons motsto which all present make their contributions, many of them being ascribed to Cicero and Augustus ; a discussion of various pleasures, especially of the senses, then seems to have taken place, but almost the whole of drdam is lost. William Harris Stahl, — Kelly Evans rated it really liked it Sep 11, Sxipio should also interest medievalists, as this was a surprisingly popular text in the Middle Ages and was heavily influential during that era.

Some of his discourses do tend to ramble a bit but compa An excellent volume on an arcane philosophy.

View all 12 comments. Les belLes Lettres, I found the various treatments of Zodiacal lore and traditions quite interesting. Terrot Glover considers Macrobius either an ethnic Greek, or born in one of the Greek-speaking parts of the Roman Empire, such as Egypt, due to his intimate knowledge of Greek literature. No keywords specified fix it.

Commentary on the Dream of Scipio by Ambrosius Theodosius Macrobius

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. History of Science in General Philosophy of Science categorize this paper. Macrobius is not devoid of errors, but his strengths are more notable than his weaknesses. De Amicitia, Scipio’s Dream. History of Science in General Philosophy of Science.


Commentary on the Dream of Thw [translation] by Macrobius.

Scipio was advised by his elders to lead a virtuous life and was shown the path souls take going to and from heaven via the nine planetary spheres. Most people today are probably unaware of the extent of Macrobius’s influence across at least a millennium in the West.

Find it on Scholar. For more help see the Common Knowledge help page. So what exactly was this dream? A Journal of the History of Science Augustine — was modeled after Plato’s Republic. Readers of Chaucer’s dream visions such as The House of Fame or The Parliament of FowlsBoethius’s Consolation of Philosophy or even Dante’s Divine Comedy will have noted multiple references to Macrobius and the “dream of Scipioun” and will recognize the pattern established by Scipio’s dream.

Both works are philosophical in nature and macrobiuz compendious in subject matter.

Commentary on the Dream of Scipio

With the dawning of the age of Christendom, came also the proliferation of the Latin language and it becoming the lingua franca of the Dreaj Roman empire.

The seventh book consists largely of the discussion of various physiological questions. This effort toward epitomizing, summarizing and synthesizing while staying under the radar of the Church led to the permanent loss of many Classical works, notably those of Cicero and the Greek philosophers, and many others as well.

Aug 30, Anne rated it macronius liked it Shelves: Readers familiar with the early Middle Ages will know that many scholars were engaged in efforts to preserve the wisdom of the Classical world while at the same time others were destroying the ancient pagan sources at the behest of the Church.


This commentary was incredibly popular during the Middle Ages. It is supposedly the original layout of the planets and zodiac at the creation of the universe. Wikipedia in English 1 Commentarii in Somnium Scipionis.

L rated it liked it May 15, I didn’t read Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics anywhere near as quickly. This commentary was incredibly popular during the Middle Ages.

Commentary on the Dream of Scipio [translation]

He is primarily known for his writings, which include the widely copied and read Commentarii in Somnium Scipionis “Commentary on the Dream of Scipio”which was one of the most important sources byy Platonism in the Latin West during the Middle Ages, the Saturnaliaa compendium of ancient Roman religious and antiquarian lore, and De differentiis et societatibus graeci latinique verbi “On the Differences and Similarities of the Greek and Latin Verb “which is now lost. Their works often dealt with an assortment of philosophical subjects.

They were not often all that original and were dependent on works of other philosophical writers, but they did offer in rather concise form a broad analysis of popular philosophical topics.

Sandys went further and argued that Macrobius was born in one of the Greek provinces. This practice has made it very difficult for scholars to assign attribution to any one of the late Latin sources because much of it had entered what we would term the public domain.