It contains a great variety of curious historical, mythological, critical, antiquarian and grammatical discussions. The first book is devoted to an inquiry as to the origin of the Saturnalia and the festivals of Janus , which leads to a history and discussion of the Roman calendar, and to an attempt to derive all forms of worship from that of the Sun. The second book begins with a collection of bons mots , to which all present make their contributions, many of them being ascribed to Cicero and Augustus ; a discussion of various pleasures, especially of the senses, then seems to have taken place, but almost the whole of this is lost. The third, fourth, fifth and sixth books are devoted to Virgil, dwelling respectively on his learning in religious matters, his rhetorical skill, his debt to Homer with a comparison of the art of the two and to other Greek writers, and the nature and extent of his borrowings from the earlier Latin poets. The latter part of the third book is taken up with a dissertation upon luxury and the sumptuary laws intended to check it, which is probably a dislocated portion of the second book. The seventh book consists largely of the discussion of various physiological questions.
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So wherever you spot an error, please do report it. Background material on Macrobius may appear here in the fullness of time, but as usual I'm not about to let that delay anything: I'm getting the texts online first. In an increasingly Christian Rome, they had remained pagan; Macrobius, writing several decades later, presents them in an ideal light. On wine and pleasures according to Plato, Aristotle, and Hippocrates. Most of the book is taken up by a commentary on Vergil viewed as an expert in astrology, augury, and philosophy.
After dinner conversation relaxes and the guests talk about luxury and sumptuary laws, the price of fish, and fruit cultivars. Much of this Book is missing.
What we have is a discussion of affect and rhetorical devices in the works of Vergil. More Vergil criticism — lots of it. What Vergil cribbed from every author under the sun, sometimes changing it, sometimes not.
The end of the Book, and the rest of the work, are missing. Book Highlights I. Images with borders lead to more information. The thicker the border, the more information.
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Saturnalia, Volume I