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VMs: Re: Balneological comparisons...?
On the 'Balneis", I would like to draw your
attention again to something I wrote to the list
a long time ago (but not long after Brian Smith
wrote about this MS).
The page describing the bath of Petra lists a
number of ailments which seem all to be present
on VMs f77v, including even the 'urina pietrosa'
(stones in the urine)
(I hope that that URL is not split over two lines)
--- Nick Pelling <incoming@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> While looking for balneological similarities, I
> stumbled (again) across
> Pietro da Eboli (AKA Petrus de Ebulo) whose "De
> Balneis Puteoli" / "De
> Balneis Puteolanis" (1227) was first mentioned
> on-list here by Brian Smith.
> What I didn't realise about this was that it was a
> poem dedicated to
> Frederick II, describing the virtues of 35 different
> Now: thanks to the sharp eye of Philip Neal, we
> should know that f81r is
> the only page in the VMS whose text looks obviously
> as though it's a poem.
> And given that it should connect with f78v... taken
> together, this pair of
> pages seem to imply that the text describes a
> spa-town with three connected
> baths (or perhaps on the side of the hill, with two
> above the third).
> It's possible that these disparate pieces of
> information may be enough to
> significantly shorten the list of possible candidate
> stanzas of the poem to
> compare against!
> Just a thought... :-)
> Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....
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