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

In a way, Macrobius helped me tie up dozens upon dozens of loose commentqry that had been dangling in my consciousness for many years. Members Reviews Popularity Average rating Mentions 72 24 The encyclopedists not only wrote in Latin, but their works were broad in subject matter.

Scipio the Younger dreamed that he had been carried away into the heavens to the sphere of the fixed stars by his grandfather Scipio the Elder where he also met his deceased father, and looking down saw the earth and Rome and how small they were in relation to all of creation. Be the first to ask a question about Commentary on the Dream of Scipio.

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Risk, Prudence and Moral Formation in the Laboratory. Marcus Tullius Cicero – Carl Boyer – – Isis: Jed Atkins – – Les Etudes Philosophiques 99 4: This tradition certainly predates Macrobius. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

But this is a small detraction from an otherwise excellent and eye-opening book. Very helpful if you want to delve deeper into commentray origins and sources used by the Roman author.


A prominent lunar crater is named after Macrobius.

Commentary on the Dream of Scipio

Edited with an Introduction, Mwcrobius and Commentary. How quickly I read it should attest to my interest. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Commentarii in Somnium Scipionis. In reality, Macrobius uses the passage from Cicero a charming dream sequence starring Scipio Africanus as a jumping off point to discuss the nature of the universe and the soul.

It should also interest medievalists, as this was a surprisingly popular text in the Middle Ages and was heavily influential during that era. May 25, Evan Leach rated it liked it Shelves: Chris rated it did not like it Aug 24, William Harris Stahl, — I can honestly say that this book is to be recommended as an important work of Neo-Platonism.

Some of his discourses do tend to ramble a bit but compared to other ancient writers on similar subjects Macrobius comes out pretty well. Retrieved from ” https: This tradition certainly predates Macrobius. Macrobius wrote a so-called Commentary on the Somnium which turned out to provide a pretext for performing a mind dump of encyclopedic proportions that expounded on every conceivable topic even remotely suggested by Scipio’s dream as originally recorded by Cicero.

This page was last edited on 24 Novemberat Curtis Runstedler rated it it was amazing Apr 14, L rated it liked it May 15, Les belLes Lettres, The amount of copies and quotations attest to the popularity of the Commentary on Scipio’s Dream. It is supposedly the original layout of the planets and zodiac at the creation macrobiua the universe.


Commentary on the Dream of Scipio by Ambrosius Theodosius Macrobius

In the Commentary, his Neo-Platonist bent is evident and his familiarity with Platonist and Neo-Platonist thought is clear. Strung around this general theme, Macrobius explores a great many aspects of ancient philosophy – numerical and geometric symbolism in particular. It contains a great variety of curious historical, mythological, critical, antiquarian and grammatical discussions.

Will rated it it was amazing May 25, Adam Kirsch – – Arion 20 1: I feel they are both unfairly maligned as being unoriginal.

All of this wonderful, cultural backstory triggered by the Commentary! One should, of course, read Plotinus, but Macrobius’ language is not as prolix as other Neo-Platonists and can be more readily understood by the average reader. Science Logic and Mathematics.

His main dependence seems to be Plotinus and Porphyry. Macrobius on the Dream of Scipio M.

This practice has made it very difficult for scholars to assign attribution to any one of the late Latin sources because much of it had entered what we would term the public domain. Home Groups Talk Zeitgeist. The macrobis philosophy that Macrobius relates details a system of thought in which the souls of men are identified with the stars of the Milky Way.