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The Arrival Of The Pagan Philosophers In The North: A Twelfth-Century Florilegium In Edinburgh University Library

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The manuscript consists of two unequal parts: the first three fifths contain excerpts from the whole of the Bible and some related texts. While the last two fifths contain the Florilegium of pagan authors. Two of the hands appear in both parts of the manuscript, and the same mentality seems to lie behind the compilation of these Biblical excerpts and those from the pagan authors. Two out of the four known manuscripts of the De essentiis are English; they show a version of the text revised by the author, and possibly brought to England by Robert of Ketton, the dedicatee.

Keywords: Edinburgh University; Florilegium; Pagan Philosophers



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