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

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Excursus H
Fulgentius' Mitologiae and Expositio Virgilianae Continentiae

The inclusion of the writer known as Fabius Planciades Fulgentius1 -- who was the author of the works Mitologiae, Expositio Virgilianae Continentiae, Expositio Sermonum Antiquorum, and De Aetatibus Mundi et Hominis;2 who is assumed from various pieces of evidence to have been North African in origin,3 a practising Christian,4 and active within the period A.D. 439 to A.D. 533;5 and who may or may not be identifiable

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1
Brief accounts of Fulgentius' life and works can be found in P. Langlois: "'Fulgentius'", Reallexikon für Antike und Christentum 8 ( Stuttgart, 1972), pp. 632-661; L. G. Whitbread: Fulgentius the Mythographer. Translated from the Latin with Introductions by L. G. W. ( Columbus,OH, 1971). T. Agozzino e F. Zanlucchi : Fabio Planciade Fulgenzio: Expositio Virgilianae Continentiae, a cura di T.A. e F.Z. (Padova, 1972), pp. 7-38 provide a survey of his interpretative methods.
2
The first three titles are associated with this author in the earliest manuscripts. For a survey of the arguments for the ascription of the fourth see G. Pennisi: Fulgenzio e la Expositio Sermonum Antiquorum ( Firenze, 1963), pp. 15-19.
3
At Fulgentius: De Aet. Mundi et Hom. pr. 131, 10-14 he refers to Libyan as his native language.
4
There are, for example, references to the Antichrist at Mitol. III, 1, 59, 17-20; to Adam at ibid. III, 6, 69, 15-17; and to Christ at Expos. Virg. Cont. 87, 7-10.
5
The terminus post quem is provided by the citation of Martianus Capella at Fulgentius: Expos. Serm. Antiqu. 45, 123, 3-6. The terminus ante quem is dependent upon whether the writer is to be identified with Fulgentius of Ruspe who died in A.D. 532 or 533.

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