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Античная арифмология в «Бракосочетании Филологии и Меркурия» Марциана Капеллы

С. 448-458.
Шахов Ю. А.
This paper deals with the representation of the ancient arithmological doctrine in Martianus Capella's encyclopaedic work “On the Marriage of Philology and Mercury”. The notions of arithmetic, which is the study of the number's mathematical properties, and arithmology, which is the pythagorean doctrine of the number's 'sacred' properties, as well as their mutual relation, are examined. I note that in Martianus Capella's work, as charactestic for the late antiquity, both arithmetic and arithmology are presented as components of Arithmetica, the study of numbers. An overview of the passages of “On the Marriage”, dedicated to the arithmological doctrine, follows. One of the passages considering the pentas is examined in more detail; I suggest an interpretation according to which the pentas is attributed to the god of Heaven. In conclusion I overview the main difficulties considering the study the sources of Martianus Capella's arithmology and note the importance of “On the Marriage” for the study of the ancient science and philosophy.

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Античная арифмология в «Бракосочетании Филологии и Меркурия» Марциана Капеллы
Edited by: В. В. Горбатов Вып. 5. СПб.: Алетейя, 2014.