The interpretation of Ganymede
Martianus Capella, puer, Cupid, Remigius, Johannes Scottus, Ganymede, myth, Berlin commentary
The Commentary on Martianus Capella contains an interesting, and largely isolated, example of historical rationalization in the gloss on the lemma "Verum quidam redimitus" (De nuptiis I, 90). The passage as a whole concerns the identification and interpretation of the puer in the sentence "verum quidam redimitus puer ad os compresso digito salutari silentium commonebat." It is first suggested that the reference is to Cupid, which is in accord with the terse comments of two earlier commentators, Remigius and Johannes Scottus. Breaking new ground, however, the author of the Berlin commentary offers Ganymede as an alternative, and it is his presentation of this myth which shall be treated here.
Garstad, Benjamin. “The Interpretation of Ganymede.” Appendix to The Berlin Commentary on Martianus Capella’s De nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii, Book II, ed., Haijo Jan Westra. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1998, pp. 161-7.
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