A Goliard Witness: The De Nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii of Martianus Capella in the Methamorphosis Golye Episcopi

A Goliard Witness: The De Nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii of Martianus Capella in the Methamorphosis Golye Episcopi

Synan, Edward A.

Florilegium, Vol. 2 (1980) 121-145


The tradition of the Latin classics since Renaissance times has not granted high rank to the De Nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii by the fifth – century African, Martianus Capella. This was not the case in the twelfth century. Counted then as an “authority” on the liberal arts and his work was read with eagerness as one of the precious witnesses from antiquity on what ought to constitute a course in those seven arts. Around 1176 Godfrey of Saint Victor paired Martianus with Macrobius and named them both just after his mention of Plato, Aristotle, and Boethius in his Fons Philosophise.


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