Teeuwen, Mariken and Sinead O'Sullivan, eds, Carolingian Scholarship and Martianus Capella
: Ninth-Century Commentary Traditions on 'De nuptiis' in Context (Cultural Encounters in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, 12), Brepols, Turnhout, 2011; hardback; pp.
This subset of speculative writers, including such early figures as Macrobius and Martianus Capella
from the early fifth century, often brings together ideas concerning music that are mutually contradictory or that their authors simply misunderstood.
One example is the expression inter ignitos lapides ambulare (to walk among burning stones)--a wink to Heinsius's daring erotic themes--which does not primarily refer to a locus in Martianus Capella
on the gems in the crown of Juno (pp.
Essay 2 compares monosemy, polysemy, and ontology in Plato's Cratylus with Eriugena's and Anselm's assimilations of Plato's doctrines mediated through Calcidius, Macrobius, Martianus Capella
, Boethius, and Augustine, and it terminates with insights of Hugh of St.
drew the allegory of grammar as an old woman, punishing and mysterious; she carried a box in which she held knives and other tools to prune the errors from her students.
Early medieval texts that did treat cosmological and astrological matters such as Macrobius' commentary on the Dream of Scipio or Martianus Capella
's On the Marriage of Mercury and Philology, had acquired their information secondhand and treated it allegorically.
In The Nuptials of Philology and Mercury, Martianus Capella
, a rhetorician from Carthage, draws a nice allegorical picture of the seven liberal arts, which made his work highly attractive to the Middle Ages.
7, a two line epigram, written on a flyleaf, which follows an unsigned letter to a certain Winibert (probably Abbot of Schuttern) asking for the loan of a copy of Martianus Capella
's De nuptiis.
This is I think an important insight, and leads to new and persuasive interpretation of works such as Martianus Capella
's De Nuptiis, where comic potential is plausibly detected.
speaks of two, the Erythraean and the Phrygian; Aelian of four, the Erythraean, Samian, Egyptian, and Sardian.