Sylvester II

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Sylvester II

(sɪlˈvɛstə)
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(Biography) original name Gerbert of Aurillac. c. 940–1003 ad, French ecclesiastic and scholar; pope (999–1003): noted for his achievements in mathematics and astronomy
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Noun1.Sylvester II - French pope from 999 to 1003 who was noted for his great learning (945-1003)
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Lake also provides an excellent introduction to the new educational programs at cathedral schools like Reims in the later tenth century; explains why contemporaries regarded Gerbert of Aurillac as such an important scholar; reveals the importance of Reims as a center of the new liberal arts curriculum; and identifies a specific nexus of values promoted within late tenth-century cathedral schools that presaged the so-called "discovery of the individual.
But there is also a large amount of bouncy narrative about political scheming and misadventure - from the disasters of the civil war in al-Andalus, Arab Spain, in the 1010s, to the improbable success of Gerbert of Aurillac, a political dealer and intellectual of non-noble origin who ended up, not dead or disgraced as most parvenus did in medieval politics, but as Pope Silvester II (999-1003).
The marginal diagrams and texts were the product of a classroom environment, most probably a school associated with Gerbert of Aurillac or Abbo of Fleury.