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R18. Elias Rubeus Tripolanensis (Elias de Thriplow), 13. Jh

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This chapter presents Serium senectutis, which is a dialogue between a narrator who is called by his opponent Helias, and his friend, named Philip. Their speeches are introduced with short sentences of the narrator. Both parties give long, sometimes very long speeches, so that the work is at times not seen as a dialogue. The work begins with a poem in which the author mentions unequal marriages of gods, laments the difficult marriage between mind and language, heart and tongue. Philip accuses him of having to engage, in his old age, with such trivialities. Helias responds with an allegorical interpretation of the gods marriages. Then, he praises the marriage of mind and language (animus and lingua), defines a lie as the divorce of two, and describes God's punishment for liars. The original text of the chapter is in German.

Keywords: Elias Rubeus Tripolanensis; Helias; Philip



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