Dutton (Paul E.)

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Dutton, Paul E., “Eriugena and Virgil”, in: Willemien Otten, and Michael I. Allen (eds), Eriugena and Creation: proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Eriugenian Studies, held in honor of Edouard Jeauneau, Chicago, 9–12 November 2011, Turnhout: Brepols, 2014. 3–30.  
Virgil was one of Eriugena’s companion authors, but the Irishman’s attitude toward and use of the Poet was complex and varied. As a teacher of the liberal arts, Eriugena mined Virgil for information on mythology, ancient geography, and grammar. As a poet, he adopted many Virgilian phrases and poetic patterns. As a philosopher, he cited Virgil as the coiner of sublime descriptions of the early cosmos. But as a Christian, he rejected the fictions peddled as truths by the epic poets Homer and Virgil. “Eriugena and Virgil” surveys the extant evidence of Eriugena’s knowledge of Virgil and supplies, in an appendix, all the identified citations and uses of Virgil by Eriugena. The study explores the reasons for Eriugena’s guardedness in employing Virgil, and argues that we need to approach Eriugena’s use of Virgil piece by piece and work by work. Eriugena was all at once aware of how deeply indebted he was to Virgil and of how dangerous and entrancing the Poet could be. And so he tried to keep his distance, when he could, from the Poet.
Dutton, Paul Edward, “Minding Irish P’s and Q’s: signs of the first systematic reading of Eriugena’s Periphyseon”, in: Jacqueline Brown, and William P. Stoneman (eds), A distinct voice: medieval studies in honor of Leonard E. Boyle, O.P., Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 1997. 14–31.
Jeauneau, Édouard, and Paul Edward Dutton, The autograph of Eriugena, Corpus Christianorum, Medieval Latin Series, Autographa Medii Aeui, 3, Turnhout: Brepols, 1996. 123 pp. + 99 ppl..  
The great paleographer Ludwig Traube was the first to suggest that the actual handwriting of John Scottus Eriugena could be identified. In this new study, the first full examination of the problem of Eriugena's handwriting, the authors not only systematically review the evidence, but suggest a solution. Their identification of the autograph is based upon a detailed palaeographical and philological examination of the surviving examples of the scripts of the two Irishmen who wrote in the twelve ninth-century manuscripts associated directly with Eriugena and his school.
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Dutton, Paul E., and Anneli Luhtala, “Eriugena in Priscianum”, Mediaeval Studies 56 (1994): 153–163.
Dutton, Paul E., “Evidence that Dubthach’s Priscian codex once belonged to Eriugena”, in: Haijo Jan Westra (ed.), From Athens to Chartres: neoplatonism and medieval thought. Studies in honour of Édouard Jeauneau, 35, Leiden: Brill, 1992. 15–45.
Dutton, Paul E., “The uncovering of the Glosae svper Platonem of Bernard of Chartres”, Mediaeval Studies 46 (1984): 192–221.
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