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Bernardus Silvestris
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The poet and natural philosopher Bernardus was a native of Tours, worked there as a teacher (e.g. of Matthaeus de Vendôme), and died probably after 1159. He presumably wrote a commentary on Aeneis I–VI and on Martianus Capella. His thinking reveals the early influence of the Arab transmission of Aristotelianism (Aristotle, Reception History), but remains determined by the Platonism of Chartres (Thierry). His main opus, the Cosmographia (1145/1153), is based on Plato's Timaios, as well as on Calcidius, Asclepius, Macrobius, Martianus Capella, and presents an …

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Rieger, Reinhold, “Bernardus Silvestris”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 05 August 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_01805>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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