Martianus Capella
(381 words)

ca. AD 400; from Carthage;

Jurist and author of a Latin encyclopaedia.


Extant is an allegorical encyclopaedia in nine books.


The work is transmitted in more than 240 manuscripts, based on a single archetype; it was one of the most widely read books in the Middle Ages.


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Horstmann, Henning, “Martianus Capella”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 2 : Dictionary of Greek and Latin Authors and Texts, Edited by: Manfred Landfester, in collaboration with Brigitte Egger. Consulted online on 22 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20090831

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