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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Cicero’s Dream of Scipio described the Earth as a globe of insignificant size in comparison to the remainder of the cosmos. James Sass rated it it was amazing Aug 20, It provides the beginnings of an understanding of the early epitomizers and how they operated.

Commentary on the dream of Scipio

Copenhagen, Det Kongelige Bibliotek, ms. They were not often ths 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.

The encyclopedists not only wrote in Latin, but their works were broad in subject matter. From the iconography of medieval architectural sculpture and illuminated manuscripts to the conceptual programs of major Renaissance and Reformation artistic enterprises, Macrobius’ Commentary on the Dream of Scipio is nothing less than an “intellectual skeleton key” to the visualizations of the world and the universe for a thousand years of Western art and literature.

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Anyone who is interested in the underpinnings of Medieval and Renaissance thought, philosophy and literature will find this book to be surprisingly readable and even entertaining to some degree. Monthly downloads Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart. Both works are philosophical in Macrobius is one of the so-called encyclopedists.

This tradition certainly predates Macrobius. The governors and protectors of these proceed from here [i. During the next thousand years, the selection from Cicero was almost the only part of De re publica that had survived, and thanks to Macrobius it has come down to us under the rubric of Somnium Scipionisor The Dream of Scipio. Oakley – – The Classical Review 42 It was something that also caught my attention in Porphyry’s Cave of The Nymphs.

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Sandys went further and argued that Macrobius was born in one of the Greek provinces. Even though he was a Latin writer, he was certainly familiar with Greek and could read it. This entry has no external links.

This is made pretty clear in this book. An excellent volume on an arcane philosophy. I found the various treatments of Zodiacal lore and traditions quite interesting.

Macrobius was not macrobjus original thinker – he borrows most of his ideas and concepts from philosophical and scientific predecessors – and his knowledge of Plato and Aristotle appears to This is a curious macrobiux text from late antiquity. Selma Slocum rated it it was amazing Nov 09, Like Plutarch, Macrobius was a Platonist that helped keep Platonism current during a seminal and paradigmatic period and also provided his own contributions to it’s literature.

Sign in to use this feature. I, 8, 5 to have given his son. Chris McClinch rated it really liked it Apr 22, I included a cosmological diagram found in here.

Open Preview See a Problem? Further, Cameron points out that during his lifetime Macrobius comnentary referred to as “Theodosius”, and looking for that name Cameron found a Theodosius who was praetorian prefect of Italy in Science Logic and Mathematics. However other experts, beginning with Ludwig van Janpoint out that despite his familiarity with Greek literature Macrobius was far more familiar with Latin than Greek—as evidenced by his enthusiasm for Vergil and Cicero —and favor North Africa, which was part oh the Latin-speaking portion of the Roman Empire.

Macrobius has two existing works: Like Plato, Cicero decried the abuses of democracy and the horrors of tyranny in his own Republic; and just like Plato, he ends his work with a mythic parable that dealt with cosmology, immortality and various other metaphysical subjects. At a certain point, copyists started including this section of the Republic with Macrobius’ commentary.

Macrobius is one of the so-called encyclopedists.

Lewis was attempting to construct a model of that world view through a review of the literature, and one could shorten the learning curve regarding the materials in Lewis’s book by absorbing the Somnium Scipionis and by at least perusing Macrobius’s Commentary and William Harris Stahl’s sixty-page introduction in particular.

Members Reviews Popularity Average rating Mentions 72 24 From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy. Upon finishing the Commentarywhich had been on my to-read shelf, untouched for twenty years, I was immediately moved to acquire and dive into the newly released, three-volume Loeb Classical Library edition of the Saturnaliawhich was a good move.


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 for 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.

Kirk rated it it was ok Aug 09, In a way, Macrobius helped me tie up dozens upon dozens of loose threads that had been dangling in my consciousness for many years.

Commentary on the Dream of Scipio

The Dream of Scipio. 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.

It also led me back to rereading Cicero’s “Dream scpiio Scipio,” an appendix to his De Re Publicaand from thence to the so-called “myth of Er” from Book X of Plato’s Republic, which I had read under entirely different circumstances clmmentary before.

Rabel – – Ancient Philosophy 14 1: Both of these factors contributed to them being very popular sources of knowledge to scholastics and others. Highly recommended, but not for the feint of mind.

The Universe, the Earth in the centre, surrounded by the five planets, the sun and the moon, within the zodiacal signs. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. If The Dream of Scipio seems familiar, it was discussed by C. Oakley – – The Classical Review 42 Retrieved from ” https: Commentary on the Dream of Scipio [translation] by Macrobius Members.