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The Worlds of Aulus Gellius$
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Leofranc Holford-Strevens and Amiel Vardi

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199264827

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264827.001.0001

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Recht as een Palmen-Bohm and Other Facets of Gellius' Medieval and Humanistic Reception

Recht as een Palmen-Bohm and Other Facets of Gellius' Medieval and Humanistic Reception

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(p.249) 10 Recht as een Palmen-Bohm and Other Facets of Gellius' Medieval and Humanistic Reception
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The Worlds of Aulus Gellius
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Leofranc Holford-Strevens

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264827.003.0010

This chapter begins by tracing the separate transmission of Gellius' chapter on the ability of palm-wood, reinterpreted as the palm-tree to resist pressure, which proved congenial to Christians for its moral message and their own association of the palm with martyrdom. It is found in florilegia, emblem-books, and even the song ‘Anke van Tharaw’. It is also present in John of Salisbury, from whom it passed into a sermon by Guibert of Tournai, along with other matter from John wrongly ascribed to Gellius. Attention is then paid to fragmentary manuscripts, including a 12th-century bifolium now in Brussels, and copies known to have existed but now lost, one of which was the source of a manuscript now in the Vatican Library (and itself the source of one in Milan) that ends with a tribute to the conciliar Pope Alexander V.

Keywords:   palm-tree, florilegia, emblem-books, John of Salisbury, Guibert of Tournai, sermon, lost manuscripts, Pope Alexander V

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