This discussion is framed by Lecompte with the "Macrobian
paradox," that is, Macrobius's liminal status as a classical source who is also not a classical source, since, like so many medieval commentators, he is valued primary for his information about other, more important classical authors.
(12) Indeed, in contrast to how Africanus shows the dreaming Scipio the whole of "the hevenes quantite" and "the nyne speres" (58-9), there is something very "down to earth" about Chaucer's Macrobian
observation that "The juge dremeth how his plees been sped; / The cartere dremeth how his cart is gon" (101-2).
texts provide closer parallels for the twofold nature of the sun as it is described in the Old English riddle than any other sources or analogues which have been cited (to the best of my knowledge), but the Saturnalia itself is an unlikely source for the Old English text for a variety of reasons--an immediate one being that a text in which Greek is cited frequently is not likely to have been widely read in Anglo-Saxon England.
The second explores the twelfth-century revival of Neoplatonic Virgilian exegesis in the works of Bernard Silvestris and John of Salisbury, with emphasis by the former on integration of Macrobian
exegetical principles to determine poetic fiction versus philosophical truth with complementary considerations of an author's intention, method, and purpose.
Henry Cecil sends out Skimble to take the fillies' graduation event from Resounding Success (Barry Hills/Darryll Holland) and Fetish to beat Nashville Blues (John Hills/Willie Carson) over a mile, and number three comes as Freddie Lloyd (Neville Callaghan) takes the sprint handicap from Macrobian
(Peter Easterby/Mark Birch).
For a handy introduction to the Macrobian
system set in the Keplerian context, see Hallyn 256-57.
lDavid Barron and Alex Greaves are fined pounds 500 and pounds 750 respectively at Portman Square over the running and riding of Premier Touch, a never-dangerous sixth behind Macrobian
in a handicap sprint at Doncaster two months ago.
Though it stands in the Macrobian
tradition of allegorical dream literature, the Somnium proves its author to be a sophisticated narratologist as well as the inventor of modern astronomy.
lRichard Hannon wins his second successive Stewards' Cup when Notley (Richard Perham) gets the better of Macrobian
(Mick Easterby/John Lowe).