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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Commentary on the Dream of Scipio [translation]

Open Preview See a Problem? Text, Translation, and Commentary. The third, fourth, fifth and sixth books are devoted to Virgil, dwelling respectively on his learning in religious matters, his rhetorical skill, his debt to Homer with a comparison of the art of the two and to other Greek writers, and the nature and extent of his borrowings from the earlier Latin poets. Even though he was a Latin writer, he was certainly familiar with Greek and could read it.

A prominent lunar crater is named after Macrobius. Where Macrobius gets into the esoteric doctrines of Pythagorean numbers, harmony or geocentric descriptions of the planetary spheres, one can become lost in the macrobiuus because so much is primitive when compared with modern understandings.

Commentary on the Dream of Scipio by Ambrosius Theodosius Macrobius

Retrieved 3 October Kelly Evans rated it really liked it Sep 11, Ostensibly, the book is a fifth century commentary on part of Cicero’s De re publica. I, 8, 5 to have given his son.


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

Amazon Kindle 0 editions. The primary value of the work lies in the facts and opinions quoted from earlier writers. This is made pretty clear in this book.

Books by Ambrosius Theodosius Macrobius. It was something that also caught my attention in Porphyry’s Cave of The Nymphs. I found this commentary incredibly engaging. 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.

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Sandys went further and argued that Macrobius was born in one of the Greek provinces.

The translator holds that Macrobius had probably never read the actual works of Plato, but I find this difficult to accept. L rated it liked it May 15, Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.

Commentary on the Dream of Scipio

Peden – – The Classical Review 52 He is primarily known for his writings, which include the widely copied and read Commentarii in Somnium Scipionis “Commentary on the Dream of Sc Macrobius, fully Macrobius Ambrosius Theodosius, also known as Theodosius, was draem Roman provincial who lived during the early fifth century, at the transition commebtary the Roman to the Byzantine Empire, and when Latin was as widespread as Greek among the elite.


His main dependence seems to be Plotinus and Porphyry. William Harris Stahl, — This tradition certainly predates Macrobius. The Dream of Scipio.

In the Commentary, his Neo-Platonist bent is evident and his familiarity with Platonist and Neo-Platonist thought is clear.

For many scholars at that time, this was their main source for Neo-Platonist thought. It contains a great variety of curious historical, mythological, critical, antiquarian and grammatical discussions. Marcus Tullius Cicero – Quotes from Commentary on the Despite Macrobius’s obvious goal of clarity, some of his “scientific” explanations are difficult to follow because they are based on outdated science or esoteric theories that in some cases seem outlandish in the twenty-first century.

But this is a small detraction from an otherwise excellent and eye-opening book. No categories specified categorize this paper. Added to PP index Total downloads 1 1, of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 1of 2, How can I increase my downloads?