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Martianus Capella
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(Martianus Minneus Felix Capella; 4th/5th cent. ce), lived in Carthage in North Africa, and in his old age wrote for his son the nine books De nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii (dated between 380 and 500 ce), and a separate work on metrics (see de Nonno). Denuptiis follows the form of a Menippean satire. It deals in allegorical manner with a central Neoplatonic (Neoplatonism) theme: Philology is the embodiment of knowledge that the rational human soul has to obtain in order to return home, and achieve union (symbolized by marriage) with divine reason, Mercury = Hermes-Thot (l…

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Hadot, Ilsetraut, “Martianus Capella”, 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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