De nobilitate animi

De nobilitate animi

by Guillelmus de Aragonia


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Guillelmus de Aragonia was known as a philosopher for his commentary on Boethius and his works on physiognomy, oneirology, and astronomy; he was also a physician, perhaps a personal physician to the king of Aragon. In a time of intellectual upheaval and civil strife, when nobility was on the verge of being defined with legal precision as it had not been since antiquity, Guillelmus taught that true nobility is an acquired habit, not an inborn quality. Guillelmus wrote De nobilitate 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, astronomers, physicians, historians, naturalists, orators, poets, and rustics pronouncing proverbs. This edition presents the Latin text, based on six manuscripts, three of them hitherto unknown, along with an English translation. An introduction reviews Guillelmus’s life and work, considering his theory of nobility 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 known today as the south of France. An appendix of sources and analogues is also included.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674068124
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 04/08/2013
Series: Harvard Studies in Medieval Latin , #2
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

William D. Paden is Professor Emeritus of French at Northwestern University.

Mario Trovato was Professor Emeritus of Italian at Northwestern University.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations ix

Preface xiii

Introduction 1

Date 1

Life and Works of Guillelmus de Aragonia 5

Nobility in History 11

Nobility in Philosophy 16

Nobility in Rhetoric 24

Citations 31

Troubadours 35

Manuscripts 45

Affiliations 47

This Edition 55

Latin Text and English Translation 57

Notes on the Text 115

Rejected Readings in P1 119

Variants 121

Sources and Analogues 153

Bibliography of Works Cited Primary Sources 179

Secondary Sources 184

Index of Sources and Analogues 191

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