Macrobius’s Saturnalia, an encyclopedic celebration of Roman culture written in the early fifth century CE, has been prized since the Renaissance as a treasure. Ambrosius Theodosius Macrobius, (flourished ad ), Latin grammarian and philosopher whose most important work is the Saturnalia, the last known example. NINO MARINONE: I Saturnalia di Macrobio Teodosio. Pp. Turin: Unione Tipografico-Editore, Cloth, L. 12, MACROBIUs’ Saturnalia has at last been.

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LacusCurtius — The Saturnalia of Macrobius

What Vergil cribbed from every author under the sun, sometimes changing it, sometimes not. Views Read Edit View history.

The order of presentation is this:. But these can be read in many different ways, often very…. Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources. This page was last edited on 24 Novemberat The biographical and cultural information in sections one and three is squarely in line with current thinking. The form of the Saturnalia is copied from Plato ‘s Symposium and Gellius ‘s Noctes atticae ; the chief authorities whose names, however, are not quoted are Gellius, Seneca the philosopher, Plutarch Quaestiones convivialesAthenaeus and the commentaries of Servius and others on Virgil.

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The Saturnalia

Macrobius’s most influential book—and one of the most widely cited books of the Middle Ages—was a commentary in two books on the Dream of Scipio narrated by Cicero at the end of his Republic.

There are objections to either identification: However familiar he may be with the rhythms of Latin speech, Aen. Terrot Glover considers Macrobius either an ethnic Greek, or born in one of the Greek-speaking parts of the Roman Empire, such as Egypt, due to his macfobius knowledge of Sahurnalia literature. Vergil and Early Latin Poetry. This is especially important to realize when mining it for archaic bygones, since its complex discussions require different types and uses of evidence: At the bottom of the article, feel free to list any sources saaturnalia support your changes, so that we can fully understand their context.


That achievement has many advantages and one rather insidious virtue: Only in later manuscripts were his names reversed as “Ambrosius Theodosius Macrobius”, which James Willis then adopted for his edition of the Commentary.

The order of presentation is this: Our editors will review what you’ve submitted, and if it meets our criteria, we’ll add it to the article. In an increasingly Christian Rome, they had remained pagan; Macrobius, writing several decades later, presents them in an ideal light.

Internet URLs are the best. Scholars have attempted to identify him with a Macrobius who is mentioned in the Codex Theodosianus as a praetorian prefect of Spain —and a proconsul of Africa The primary value of the work lies in the facts and opinions quoted from earlier writers.

Carneades Clitomachus Charmadas Philo of Larissa. As Cameron showed, we have for centuries put ourselves on a first name basis with this man, who should more properly be addressed as Theodosius. Please try again later. Initial E shaped in the form of a writing man, probably representing Macrobius himself. Little is known about his life; long identified with Theodosius, proconsul of Africa inhe is now thought to be instead the Theodosius who was praetorian praefect commander of the praetorian guard of Italy in Little is known for certain about Macrobius, but there are many theories and speculations about him.

Help us improve this article! Retrieved from macrobuis https: The End of Paganism J. Kaster does not accomplish this singlehanded: You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points in mind.

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Harvard University Press, Please note that our editors may make some formatting changes or correct spelling or grammatical errors, and may also contact you if any macroobius are needed. The correct order of his names is “Macrobius Ambrosius Theodosius”, which is how it appears in the earliest manuscripts of the Saturnaliaand how he is addressed in the excerpts from his lost De differentiis.


There was a problem with your submission. The thicker the border, the more information. These sections mavrobius this first macrrobius an essential aid to the two that follow.

Background material on Macrobius may appear here in the fullness of time, but as usual I’m not about to let that delay anything: The Universe, the Earth in the centre, surrounded by the five planets, the sun and the moon, within the zodiacal signs. Further, Cameron points out that during his lifetime Macrobius was referred to as “Theodosius”, and looking for that name Cameron found a Theodosius who was praetorian prefect of Italy in The Loeb format is well suited to the task of providing a manageable Saturnalia.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Goldberg, UCLA sander humnet. The first book is devoted to an inquiry as to the origin of the Saturnalia and the festivals of Januswhich leads to a history and discussion of the Roman calendar, and to an attempt to derive all forms of worship from that of the Sun. Macrobius Cove in Antarctica is named after Macrobius.

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