La tradizione filosofica dall’antico al moderno

History of Philosophy from the Ancient to the Modern Age


Autore / Author: Antonio Sordillo

Affiliazione / Author affiliation: Università degli Studi di Salerno

Titolo / Title: «Indissolubile vinculum karitatis». Pier Damiani e Alfano I di Salerno

Abstract: The epistle 49 by Peter Damian contains an original allegorical interpretation of the Jewish Sabbath as a day of rest, enriched by a mystical exegesis of the biblical Hexameron, in which the six days of creation correspond to the inner journey of man called to intimately unite with God. Peter Damian expresses this process of deification through the two images of man as microcosm and sovereign of creation and man as temple of God. The main source of Damian’s text seems to be the De natura hominis by Nemesius of Emesa, which he knows thanks to the translation of Alfanus I of Salerno, one of the recipients of the epistle: this is confirmed by textual evidences, but also by a preliminary historical and historiographic reconstruction of the clue of friendship that binds Peter Damian to the archbishop of Salerno.

Keywords: Peter Damian; Alfanus I of Salerno; microcosm; Sabbath; Nemesius of Emesa.

English title: Indissolubile vinculum karitatis. Peter Damian and Alfanus I of Salerno

DOI: 10.14640/NoctuaVIII8

Anno / Volume: VIII

Fascicolo / Issue: 1-2

Pagine / Pages: 228-262

Pubblicazione / Publication date: 01/12/2021


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