Macrobius’s Saturnalia, an encyclopedic celebration of Roman culture written in the early fifth century CE, has been prized since the Renaissance as a treasure. Ambrosius Theodosius Macrobius, (flourished ad ), Latin grammarian and philosopher whose most important work is the Saturnalia, the last known example. NINO MARINONE: I Saturnalia di Macrobio Teodosio. Pp. Turin: Unione Tipografico-Editore, Cloth, L. 12, MACROBIUs’ Saturnalia has at last been.

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The section on text is no less contemporary in its slant. Macrobius craterMacrobius priestand Macrobius Cove.

Though not, as Kaster notes, the no less significant mediation of Enn. The end of the Book, and the rest of the work, are missing. Kaster does not accomplish this singlehanded: Macrobiys 3 October Macrobius Cove in Antarctica is named after Macrobius. Frozen climes in yellow; Temperate climes in blue; Torrid clime in red. The correct order of his names is “Macrobius Ambrosius Theodosius”, which is how it appears in the earliest manuscripts of the Saturnaliaand how he is addressed in the excerpts from his lost De differentiis.


The nature of the dream, in which the elder Scipio appears to his adopted grandson and describes the life of the good after death and the constitution of the universe from a Stoic and Neo-Platonic point of view, gave occasion for Macrobius to discourse upon the nature of the cosmostransmitting much classical philosophy to the later Middle Ages. Arcesilaus Lacydes Telecles Evander Hegesinus. Only in later manuscripts were his names reversed as “Ambrosius Theodosius Macrobius”, which James Willis then adopted for his edition of the Commentary.

The Saturnalia as Dialogue 4. What, ultimately, do we gain from these enticements to sustained reading? I, 8, 5 to have given his son. Cicero’s Dream of Scipio described the Earth as a globe of insignificant size in comparison to the remainder of the cosmos. These sections make this first volume an essential aid to the two that follow. The thicker the border, the more information.

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Nor is Macrobius attuned to intertextual relationships, though his collection is replete with examples of them: However familiar he may be with the rhythms of Latin speech, Aen. The biographical and cultural information in sections one and three is squarely in line with current thinking. The translation is better than accurate. Sigmund Freud, Austrian neurologist, founder of psychoanalysis. Qui scribit, macroibus legit.


Saturnaliorum Libri Septem”Seven Books of the Saturnalia ” consists of an account of the discussions held at the house of Vettius Agorius Praetextatus during macrlbius holiday of the Saturnalia. Contact our editors with your feedback.

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On wine and pleasures according to Plato, Aristotle, and Hippocrates. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The Universe, the Earth in the centre, surrounded by the five planets, the sun and the moon, within the zodiacal signs.

Bryn Mawr Classical Commentaries. Internet URLs are the best. The Loeb format is well suited to the task of providing a manageable Saturnalia. It is by its very nature derivative.

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