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Ↄ. Martiana Rises to the Occasion

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We begin with a rather scornful quotation from C.S. Lewis about Capella, and move from there to the question of ‘seriousness’ in religion: Do we need it? We move on to a discussion of a cluster of ideas around periodisation (‘late antiquity’: Do we need it?), ‘decadence’, and cultural continuity over time. An excursus on Fulgentius (late 5th – early 6th centuries) – allegorical reader of Virgil’s Æneid as an image of human life from infancy, middle age, and into senescence, and rampant literary forger – follows. Another follows on ‘Virgil the Grammarian’ (seventh century), who wrote a grammar of invented words. It is insane. We then get a work-in-progress report on Martiana’s upcoming edition of Capella’s rediscovered grammatical/metrical work.

Interview Bio:

Ↄ. Martiana is a student of ancient theology, philosophy, and related matters. She maintains the SARTRIX wiki, ‘an online encyclopedia, public library and journal devoted to Ancient Mediterranean Polytheism’.

Works Cited in this Episode:


Apuleius: for bibliography, see notes to Episode 73.

Ovid: the mythological masterwork we refer to is the Metamorphoses.

Virgil the Grammarian: see B. Löfstedt, Virgilius Maro Grammaticus: Opera Omnia, Teubner 2003


C. S. Lewis, The Allegory of Love, Clarendon Press 1936.

Vivien Law. Wisdom, Authority, and Grammar in the Seventh Century: Decoding Virgilius Maro Grammaticus. The University Press, Cambridge, 1995.