El comentario como género tardoantiguo: Commentarii in Somnium Scipionis de Macrobio [ Commentary as a late antique genre: Macrobius’ Commentarii in Somnium Scipionis], Buenos Aires, Editorial de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2013. 473 pp. isbn : 978-987-1785-95-7. AR$ 180. This book, which originated as a doctoral thesis submitted to the University of Buenos Aires, is an exhaustive investigation on Macrobius’ Commentarii in Somnium Scipionis within the context of Late Antiquity. The author proposes that Macrobius, re-signifying the possibilities of this particular genre, develops an original exploration of Roman identity in his own world. Throughout the chapters we find a solid explanation of this hypothesis, which takes into account political and cultural context and incorporates philosophical elements, rhetorical and linguistic analysis as well as subtle literary considerations. The Introduction immerses the reader in the world of Macrobius, Roman philosopher, antiquarian and grammarian from the fifth century ad . Macrobius’ Commentarii in Somnium Scipionis combines not only philosophy, history, grammar and rhetoric, but also fiction. Cardigni maintains that Macrobius takes advantage of the plasticity of this genre in order to open new paths to investigate the concept of identity in Late Antiquity.
International Journal of the Platonic Tradition – Brill
Published: Oct 25, 2016
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