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Caroline Belanger


Innovation through Tradition: The Transmission of Solinus’ Geographical Ideas throughout Late Antiquity

Supervised by: Prof. Jason K├Ânig

Solinus’ Collectanea rerum memorabilium, also know as Polyhistor(third/fourth century CE) was an enormously influential work of geography and natural history throughout Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages.  This thesis examines its relationship with three of the earliest texts to use it extensively as a source:  Martianus Capella’s De nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii, Priscian’s Periegesis, and Isidore of Seville’s Etymologiae.  It considers questions of the transmission and organisation of knowledge during Late Antiquity, exploring the ways in which each of these works interacts with the Collectanea and their contemporary literary culture. 

Academic biography and research interests

I received my MA and BA from the University of Ottawa, Canada.  I am interested generally in literature and literary culture, particularly during Late Antiquity, and especially concerning wonders.