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Corpus Christianorum
J. Machielsen
Artes liberales

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XX+606 p., 155 x 245 mm, 2003
ISBN: 978-2-503-51251-8
Languages: Latin
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In the rather vast and confusing area of Latin pseudepigraphs, both classical, patristic and medieval, Clavis patristica pseudepigraphorum medi aevi seeks to offer a descriptive inventory of all Latin medieval pseudepigraphs in the field of patristics (from the death of Bede up to the end of the thirteenth century), which have been then object of scientific research. For each text is offered: inscription(s), date, origin, incipit(s), author, fontes, fontes/usus, usus, bibliography. Tome III A centers on the artes liberales:grammatica, historia, geographia, rhetorica, dialectica, philosophia (= trivium), geometria, arithmetica, computus, astronomia, musica, medicina (= quadrivium).

Seven, eight or twelve artes ? Both their number and content, their boundaries and definition fluctuated greatly both in classical times as in the patristic and medieval period. This reflects a tension between philosophy (Plato) and literature (Socrates), between a more “liberal” and a “sticter” interpretation of christianity, between popular and learned culture, between ars and scientia.

A concise historical survey illustrates these opposing trends.

Series Branch:
Corpus Christianorum
Corpus Christianorum - Claves
Clavis Patristica Pseudepigraphorum Medii Aevi
Interest Classification:
Religion (including History of Religion) & Theology
Christian Theology & Theologians
Western Fathers (c. 160-735)
Classics, Ancient History, Oriental Studies
Latin literature
Medieval Latin literature

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