Autun, France - The House of Authors

  • Note; Cassius, you may want to review this thread for placement. I don't know whether this location is already known to us.


    There is a house from the 2nd century in Autun that contains a number of fragmentary mosaics portraying the authors Epicurus, Metrodorus, and the poet Anacreon along with inscriptions. In fact, this mosaic provides the rationale for attributing V.S. 14 to Metrodorus rather than Epicurus.


    The discovery was made in 1989.


    Anacreon: Greek lyric poet, notable for his drinking songs and erotic poems.


    Charles, if you're listening, I've found a few names that are more in your line; Jacques Du Rondel; Valentin Phillipe Bertin du Rocheret; and Charles de Marguetel de Saint-Denis de Saint-Evremond, 1614(?)-1703. I'm on lunch right now, I don't have time to pursue all of these threads at the moment but will look into it later! Saint-Evremond might already be known to you?

  • Thanks Joshua! Since Autun appears to be in France, and I don't have another category on point, I think I will just change the name of this subforum so it's not limited to Italy.

  • Charles, if you're listening, I've found a few names that are more in your line; Jacques Du Rondel; Valentin Phillipe Bertin du Rocheret; and Charles de Marguetel de Saint-Denis de Saint-Evremond, 1614(?)-1703. I'm on lunch right now, I don't have time to pursue all of these threads at the moment but will look into it later! Saint-Evremond might already be known to you?


    I've heard of Rondel and Evremond before. The former wrote a book titled: "The Morals of Epicurus" in 1712 and Evremond was a man of letters & philosopher yet very inspired by Epicurus, who wrote very frequently and corresponded with Ninon De l'Enclos.

    As for Bertin du Rocheret, that's a new name but his name keeps popping up in connection with Evremond on the topic of Champagne's history and nobility (as well as the drink), however I have found nothing Epicurean in relation to him besides Evremond.

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