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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Calcidius and Cassiodorus are also often included in this list. Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 15 3: Monthly downloads Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Arcesilaus Lacydes Telecles Evander Hegesinus. It was something that also caught my attention in Porphyry’s Cave of The Nymphs. It is supposedly sxipio original layout of the planets and zodiac at the creation of the macrobiuus. Anyone who is interested in the underpinnings of Medieval and Renaissance thought, philosophy and literature will find this book to be surprisingly readable and even entertaining to some degree.

I think a book like this does serve as a good introduction to Neo-Platonism. Tracy rated it really liked it Aug 29, in Lewis was attempting to construct a model of that world view through a review of the literature, and one could shorten the learning curve regarding the materials in Lewis’s book by absorbing the Somnium Scipionis and by at least perusing Macrobius’s Commentary and William Harris Stahl’s sixty-page introduction in particular.

Commentary on the Dream of Scipio [translation]

I think a book like this does serve as a good introduction to Neo-Platonism. History of Western Philosophy.

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. Macrobius has two existing works: The point of Cicero’s Somnium Scipionis is to promote principles of justice in the government of a state: Paul Scherz – – Journal of Moral Education 47 3: Apparently the Epicureans ridiculed Plato’s sream of visionary materials, and Macrobius tells us that Cicero, in a desire to avoid such criticism, chose the form of a dream to speak of the rewards of an afterlife for virtuous statesmen and others who were pure in heart and to describe the path the soul takes going to and from the heavenly spheres.


Members Reviews Popularity Average rating Mentions 72 24 Naked Wax and Necessary Existence: 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 Gy differentiis.

Commentary on the Dream of Scipio

The nature of the dream, in which the elder Scipio appears to his adopted grandson and describes the life of the good after death and the constitution dresm the universe from a Stoic and Neo-Platonic point of view, gave occasion for Macrobius to discourse upon the nature of the cosmostransmitting much classical philosophy to the later Middle Ages.

Rabel – – Dteam Philosophy 14 1: Macrobius on the Dream of Scipio M.

You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data. So what exactly was this dream?

William Harris Stahl, — The amount of copies and quotations attest to the popularity of the Commentary on Scipio’s Dream. 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.


Commentary on the Dream of Scipio [translation] by Macrobius. I found this commentary incredibly engaging. Request removal from index. All of this wonderful, cultural backstory triggered by the Commentary!

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Request removal from index. Carneades Clitomachus Charmadas Philo of Larissa. Errington – – The Classical Review 21 Scipio was advised by his elders to lead a virtuous life and was shown the path souls take going to and from heaven via commentar nine planetary spheres.

This sort of life is your passport into the sky, to a union with those who have finished their lives on earth and who, upon being released from their bodies, inhabit lives on earth and who, upon being released from their bodies, inhabit that place at which you are now looking it was a circle of surpassing brilliance gleaming out amidst the blazing starswhich takes its name, the Milky Way, from the Greek word. But this is a small detraction from an otherwise excellent and eye-opening book.

Some of his discourses do tend to macrobisu a bit but compared to other ancient writers on similar subjects Macrobius comes out pretty well. Where Macrobius gets into the esoteric doctrines of Pythagorean numbers, harmony or geocentric descriptions of the planetary spheres, one can become lost in the weeds because so much is primitive when compared with modern understandings.