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Giles of Viterbo, Aegidius Viterbiensis, monastic, master of sacred theology, prior general of the Augustinian order of hermits, reformer, cardinal, candidate for the papacy during papal Rome's golden age, responded enthusiastically to his epoch's renewed impulse toward classical and patristic learning. The divergent views of Giles's life and work stem from his life-long efforts to discover in ancient wisdom, first Greek myth and subsequently Jewish mysticism, signs of the same essential truths he accepted as revealed in the Bible and articulated in Christian doctrine. The Commentary presented in this chapter provides a window for witnessing first-hand how Giles adapted classical literary culture to Christian themes andmay provide a key to answering questions about the development of his theological positioning during an age of reform, Hellenism, and humanism.

Keywords: ancient wisdom; Giles of Viterbo; humanism; Jewish mysticism



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