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Martianus Capella

(fl. 410—439)


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(fl. 410–39),

a North African writer, celebrated in the Middle Ages. He was the author of De Nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii in nine books of prose and verse. The first two deal with the wooing (in a wide, metaphorical sense) of Philology by Mercury, and the last seven are an allegorical encyclopaedia of the Seven Liberal Arts (see Quadrivium and Trivium). Marcian is referred to by Chaucer in ‘The Merchant's Tale’ (Canterbury Tales, 10) and in The House of Fame.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Literature.


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