Middle Platonism and Neoplatonism: The Latin Tradition - Vol. 2

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Excursus D
Marius Victorinus' Commentarius in Ciceronis Rhetoricam

The fourth-century rhetorician and philosopher Marius Victorinus is famous for both his secular and his Christian writings. In the former category, two works survived into the Middle Ages and became influential: the Ars Grammatica and the Commentarius in Ciceronis Rhetoricam; and in the latter group, one set of writings exercised a significant if spasmodic influence: the Trinitarian treatises.1 Since our concern is with the transmission of Platonism through non-Christian works, we may confine the discussion to a single text.

The specifically philosophical arguments in Victorinus' Commentarius in Ciceronis Rhetoricam are few in number and

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On the influence of the Commentarius in Ciceronis Rhetoricam see J. de Ghellinck : "'Réminiscences de la dialectique de Marius Victorinus dans les conflits théologiques du Xlme et du Xll me siècle'", Revue néoscolastique de philosophie 19 ( 1911) pp. 432-435.; H. Silvestre: "'Gunzo et Marius Victorinus'", "Revue bénédictine 74" ( 1964), pp.321-323; M. Dickey: "'Some Commentaries on the De Inventione and Ad Herennium of the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries'", Mediaeval and Renaissance Studies 6 ( 1968), pp. 1-41; and J. O. Ward: "'The Date of the Commentary on Cicero's De Inventione by Thierry of Chartres (ca. 1095-1160?) and the Cornifician Attack on the Liberal Arts'", Viator 3 ( 1972), pp. 219-279; on that of the Trinitarian writings P. Hadot: "'Marius Victorinus et Alcuin'", Archives d'histoire doctrinale et littéraire du moyen âge 21 ( 1954), pp. 5-19; "'Les hymnes de Victorinus et les hymnes Adesto et Miserere d'Alcuin'" ibid. 27 ( 1960), pp. 7-17; and J. A. Jungmann : "'Marius Viktorinus in der karolingischen Gebetsliteratur und im römischen Dreifaltigkeitsoffizium'", Kyriakon: Festschrift J. Quasten. herausgegeben von P. von Granfield und J. A. Jungmann II ( Münster, 1970), pp. 691-697.

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