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- DescriptionGuillelmus de Aragonia was kwn as a philosopher for his commentary on Boethius and his works on physiogmy, oneirology, and astromy; he was also a physician, perhaps a personal physician to the king of Aragon. In a time of intellectual upheaval and civil strife, when bility was on the verge of being defined with legal precision as it had t been since antiquity, Guillelmus taught that true bility is an acquired habit, t an inborn quality. Guillelmus wrote De bilitate animi, On Nobility of Mind, around 1280--1290. Working in the recently renewed Aristotelian tradition, he took an independent and original approach, quoting from philosophers, astromers, physicians, historians, naturalists, orators, poets, and rustics prouncing proverbs. This edition presents the Latin text, based on six manuscripts, three of them hitherto unkwn, along with an English translation. An introduction reviews Guillelmus's life and work, considering his theory of bility in the contexts of history, philosophy, and rhetoric, and studies the authorities he quotes with particular attention to the troubadours, lyric poets from the area kwn today as the south of France. An appendix of sources and analogues is also included.
- Author BiographyWilliam D. Paden is Professor Emeritus of French at Northwestern University. Mario Trovato was Professor Emeritus of Italian at Northwestern University.
- PublisherHarvard Department of the Classics
- Date of Publication02/04/2013
- LanguageEnglish & Latin
- Series TitleHarvard Studies in Medieval Latin
- Series Part/Volume Number2
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarvard Department of the Classics
- Content Note2 tables
- Weight431 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Edited byWilliam D. Paden
- Translated byMario Trovato
- Format DetailsWith printed dust jacket
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