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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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Gellius in the French Renaissance

Gellius in the French Renaissance

(p.282) 11 Gellius in the French Renaissance
The Worlds of Aulus Gellius

Michael Heath

Oxford University Press

This chapter traces the editorial tradition of Gellius in France from 1508 down to Carrio's edition of 1585, with extensive paratextual matter by Henri Estienne, in particular the essays named in homage Noctes Parisinae. It then notes the use made of Gellius by scholars such as Guillaume Budé and Julius Caesar Scaliger, and in literature at large. He provided miscellanists with engaging anecdotes, presenting a framework and some ready-made chapters for such widely read compilations as Simon Goulart's Histoires admirables and Laurent Joubert's Erreurs populaires. Through such authors but also directly, he supplied material for Rabelais, for the anonymous satirist who wrote the controversial Cymbalum mundi, and above all for Montaigne, who makes continual use of Gellius while reworking him as he sees fit. The chapter ends by considering the affinities between the two authors.

Keywords:   Henri Estienne, Guillaume Budé, Julius Caesar Scaliger, Simon Goulart, Laurent Joubert, Rabelais, Cymbalum mundi, Montaigne

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