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Bernard Silvester
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Silvester, Bernard (Bernardus Silvestris), * year and place of birth unknown, † after 1159, (place of death unknown)

Little is known about his life. An educator in Tours, he died after 1159. He was the author of several works: Experimentarius, a book of spells, from Arabian sources; Mathematicus, a poem addressing the problem of destiny, in which he stated that ‘blind chance stirs up the ridiculous troubles of humanity; our times are play, entertainment for the gods’; and a Commentary on Martianus Capella, in which he defined notably his hermeneutics. However, his principal work was the Co…

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Lemoine, Michel, “Bernard Silvester”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 22 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1873-8338_dgwe_DGWE_039>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031

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