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Alain de Lille, De planctu Naturae: The Orthography of Venus

Alain de Lille, De planctu Naturae: The Orthography of Venus

Chapter:
(p.77) Chapter Four Alain de Lille, De planctu Naturae: The Orthography of Venus
Source:
Kiss My Relics
Author(s):
David Rollo
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226724607.003.0005

Early in the De nuptiis, Martianus states that Mercury selects Philology as bride only after discovering that a number of other young women are unavailable. One of them is Psyche, held in adamantine chains in the lair of Cupid. Mention of this allegorical figure for the human soul is accompanied by an account of the gifts she received from the gods at birth. Pallas gave her a cloak of wisdom, Apollo a wand of prophecy, Vulcan flames to light her way, and Remigius reads this reference to Venus bequeathing sexual desire to humanity in lapsarian terms, interpreting the goddess's gifts of voluptas and illecebra as the predisposition to carnal sin that was occasioned by the Fall.

Keywords:   Philology, Mercury, Psyche, human soul, voluptas, illecebra, carnal sin

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