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Macrobius, Ambrosius Theodosius
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In his main opus, Saturnalia (“Feasts in honor of the god Saturn”), which he authored shortly after 402, Macrobius depicts historical personalities (including Q. Symmachus and aristocrats of the anti-Christian front who stood close to him) talking about several topics from theology, the natural sciences, linguistics, and literature. The emphasis on Virgil's outstanding erudition and on the neoplatonic-syncretistic interpretation of the pre-Christian pantheon are the two basic features…

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Krapinger, Gernot, “Macrobius, Ambrosius Theodosius”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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