Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Petronius Rediuiuus et Helias Tripolanensis Id Est Petronius Rediuiuus Quod Heliae Tripolanensis Videtur Necnon Fragmenta (Alia) Heliae Tripolanensis

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Petronius Rediuiuus et Helias Tripolanensis Id Est Petronius Rediuiuus Quod Heliae Tripolanensis Videtur Necnon Fragmenta (Alia) Heliae Tripolanensis

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Petronius rediuiuus et Helias Tripolanensis id est Petronius rediuiuus quod Heliae Tripolanensis videtur necnon fragmenta (alia) Heliae Tripolanensis, ed. Marvin L. Colker, Mittellateinische Studien und Texte 35 (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2007). viii + 217 pp. ISBN 978-90-04-15707-1. £85.00/$115.00. Elias of Thriplow, who appears to have flourished in the period 1222-51 (or perhaps even a little earlier), is emerging as a remarkably interesting Anglo-Latin literary author, who drew not only on twelfth-century Latin traditions, but also on a large number of classical authors, including some, such as Petronius, who were not much known in the Middle Ages. One complete and extensive work, the Serium senectutis (ed. Roger Hillas, Binghamton, NY, 1995), survives under his name, and in addition a series of fragments from three further works preserved by later writers: Contra nobilitatem (excerpts in Johannes Ringstead, in 1551-66, Lectura super Proverbia), De vita scolarium atque sua (excerpts in John Whethamstede, d. 1465, Tabula super Helyam Tripolonen' and Pabularium poetarum) and the Semidiaks (excerpts in Matthias Flacius Illyricus, 1520-75, Catalogus testium veritatis, 2nd edn printed in 1562). Furthermore, Colker and Hillas have made an excellent case, developed further in the detailed linguistic analysis contained in the introduction to this edition, for seeing the anonymous Petronius redivivus, which Colker originally published under the title 'A collection of stories and sketches: Petronius rediuiuus' (Analecta Dublinensia, Cambridge, Mass. …

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