Title. The marriage of Philology and Mercury / translated by William Harris Stahl and Richard Johnson, with E. L. Burge. Uniform Title. De nuptiis Philologiae et. Martianus Capella, "De nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii" Tübingen: M. Niemeyer, (OCoLC) Named Person: Mercury, (Roman deity); Mercury. Martiani Capellae De Nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii, Libri I-II, edited by Lucio the fabula of the marriage feast of Mercury and Philology (Books ).
|Published:||19 May 2015|
|PDF File Size:||44.80 Mb|
|ePub File Size:||10.13 Mb|
Martianus was active during the 5th century, writing after the sack of Rome by Alaric I inwhich he mentions, but apparently before the conquest of North Africa by the Vandals in Gerardus Vossius erroneously de nuptiis philologiae et mercury this to mean that Martianus was himself active in the 6th century, giving rise to a long-standing misconception about Martianus's dating.
Musica, illustration by Gherardo di Giovanni del Fora 15th century This single encyclopedic work, De nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii "On the Marriage of Philology and Mercury"sometimes called De septem disciplinis "On the seven disciplines" or the Satyricon,  is an elaborate didactic allegory written in a mixture of prose and elaborately allusive verse, a prosimetrum in the manner of the Menippean satires of Varro.
The style is wordy and involved, loaded with metaphor and bizarre expressions. de nuptiis philologiae et mercury
- De nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii by ATTAVANTE DEGLI ATTAVANTI
- Martianus Capella - Wikipedia
- DigilibLT - Digital Library of late antique Latin texts
- Martianus Capella
The book was of great importance in defining the standard formula of academic learning from the Christianized Roman Empire of the fifth century until the Renaissance of the 12th century. This formula included a medieval love for allegory in de nuptiis philologiae et mercury personifications as a means of presenting knowledge, and a structuring of that learning around the seven liberal arts.
Its frame story in the first two books relates the courtship and wedding of Mercury intelligent or profitable pursuitwho has been refused by Wisdom, Divination and the Soul, with the maiden Philologia learning, or more literally the love of letters and studywho is made immortal under the protection of the gods, the Musesthe Cardinal Virtues and the Graces.
The title refers to the allegorical union de nuptiis philologiae et mercury the intellectually profitable pursuit Mercury of learning by way of the art of letters Philology.
Among the wedding gifts are seven maids who will be Philology's servants: Grammar an old woman with a knife for excising children's grammatical errorsDialecticRhetoric a tall woman with a dress decorated with figures of speech and armed in a fashion to harm adversariesGeometryArithmeticAstronomy and musical Harmony.
Her leading role is articulated chiefly in the encomium that the nine Muses sing for her, which is punctuated by the de nuptiis philologiae et mercury Scande templa, virgo, digna tanto foedere: This summa of knowledge de nuptiis philologiae et mercury an extraordinary reputation in the medieval period, which took from Martianus the organization of knowledge into seven disciplines that was itself the basis for the future trivium and quadrivium Nuchelmans The present manuscript was made for the library of King Matthias of Hungary.
It contains 24 miniatures, representing the Meetings of the Gods and the Arts of the Trivium and Quadrivium, as well as borders with floral motifs and decorated initials.