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Author: Voskoboynikov Oleg

Voskoboynikov Oleg

Professor at the School of History, Faculty of Humanities, ovoskoboynikov@hse.ru. National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE), 21/4 Staraya Basmannaya str., 105066 Moscow, Russia.

Publications

Angels and Usiarchs: the Poetic Cosmology of Bernard Silvestris / Logos. 2017. № 6 (121). P. 83-114
annotation:  The article is devoted to the Cosmographia written by the French poet and philosopher Bernard Silvestris shortly after 1140, probably at Tours. This prosimetrum, by its content and form, is linked to the School of Chartres. It develops the Christian cosmogony and cosmology in mytho-poetic terms. Both the introduction of poetry into a philosophical treatise and the use of elastic poetical formulas in order to give subjective emotions—fear, hope, hesitation—an appearance of philosophical objectivity led to great discoveries in literature and thought. In this, Bernard Silvestris is no doubt representative of a great literary and philosophical tradition of the twelfth-century Renaissance. The author uses a literary form that was well known in the Middle Ages: it combines prose and poetry and allows him to represent the most current philosophical categories and problems in the most unrestrained and suggestive form available in his time. Even his prose is rhythmicized, its poetic character gives it the necessary degree of polyvalence. He relies on a large number of ancient and medieval authoritative texts, from the Timaeus and hermetic Asclepius to Macrobius, Martianus Capella, and Arabic astrology. He is well-acquainted with the exegetical approaches towards antique classics developed by the Chartres masters, since he, a teacher of grammar, also commented on the Eneide at school. But his achievement is his own; his use of classics is so unconstrained that we have to deal with the most original cosmology of his time. The second part of the article presents the first poetic translation of chapter III of the first book, Megacosmus, which, in elegiac dystichs, creates a laconic encyclopaedia of the universe.
Keywords:  Christian cosmogony; Chartres school; prosimetrum; encyclopaedism; Bernard Silvestris; medieval Latin poetry
How Many Bodies Does the King Have? / Logos. 2014. № 3 (99). P. 279-288
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Voskoboynikov Oleg

Professor at the School of History, Faculty of Humanities, ovoskoboynikov@hse.ru. National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE), 21/4 Staraya Basmannaya str., 105066 Moscow, Russia.

Publications

Angels and Usiarchs: the Poetic Cosmology of Bernard Silvestris / Logos. 2017. № 6 (121). P. 83-114
annotation:  The article is devoted to the Cosmographia written by the French poet and philosopher Bernard Silvestris shortly after 1140, probably at Tours. This prosimetrum, by its content and form, is linked to the School of Chartres. It develops the Christian cosmogony and cosmology in mytho-poetic terms. Both the introduction of poetry into a philosophical treatise and the use of elastic poetical formulas in order to give subjective emotions—fear, hope, hesitation—an appearance of philosophical objectivity led to great discoveries in literature and thought. In this, Bernard Silvestris is no doubt representative of a great literary and philosophical tradition of the twelfth-century Renaissance. The author uses a literary form that was well known in the Middle Ages: it combines prose and poetry and allows him to represent the most current philosophical categories and problems in the most unrestrained and suggestive form available in his time. Even his prose is rhythmicized, its poetic character gives it the necessary degree of polyvalence. He relies on a large number of ancient and medieval authoritative texts, from the Timaeus and hermetic Asclepius to Macrobius, Martianus Capella, and Arabic astrology. He is well-acquainted with the exegetical approaches towards antique classics developed by the Chartres masters, since he, a teacher of grammar, also commented on the Eneide at school. But his achievement is his own; his use of classics is so unconstrained that we have to deal with the most original cosmology of his time. The second part of the article presents the first poetic translation of chapter III of the first book, Megacosmus, which, in elegiac dystichs, creates a laconic encyclopaedia of the universe.
Keywords:  Christian cosmogony; Chartres school; prosimetrum; encyclopaedism; Bernard Silvestris; medieval Latin poetry
How Many Bodies Does the King Have? / Logos. 2014. № 3 (99). P. 279-288
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