Catholic Encyclopedia (1913)/Remigius of Auxerre

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Catholic Encyclopedia (1913), Volume 12
Remigius of Auxerre

by William Turner


A Benedictine monk, b. about the middle of the ninth century; d. 908. Remigius, or Remi, was a disciple of the Irish teacher Dunchad of Reims, author of a treatise on astronomy, and of Eric, or Heirich, who was himself a disciple of Eriugena. He taught at the monastery of St-Germain, Auxerre, in Paris, and at Reims. He is the author of a number of glossaries and marginal commentaries on the Bible, on the grammar of Priscian, the "Opuscula Sacra" of Boethius, and the "De Nuptiis etc.", of Martianus Capella. He also wrote a theological treatise, "Ennarationes in Psalmos". As a teacher, Remigius interested himself in the problem of universals, and seems to have attempted a compromise between the extreme Realism of Eriugena and the Anti-Realism of his teacher, Eric. He also investigated the problem of the origin of the universe and gave a Christian interpretation to the passages in which Martianus speaks of the invisible world of ideas. His glosses are of very great interest to the student of medieval Latin philology.

DE WULF, Hist. of medieval Phil., tr. COFFEY (New York, 1909), 155; HAUREAU, Hist. de la phil. scol., I (Paris, 1879), 199 sqq.; TURNER, Hist. of Phil. (Boston, 1903), 262 sqq.; RAND, Johannes Scottus (Munich, 1906), 15 sqq.

WILLIAM TURNER