Saturday, May 14, 2016

Portents (De portentis) Chapter I ~ St. Isidore of Seville

Portents (De portentis)11 1. Varro defines portents as beings that seem to have been born contrary to nature – but they are not contrary to nature, because they are created by divine will, since the nature of everything is the will of the Creator. Whence even the pagans address God sometimes as ‘Nature’ (Natura), sometimes as ‘God.’

11 Both portentum and monstrum can mean “omen, portent” or “monstrosity.”

The Etymologies of Isidore of Seville 
Book xi The human being and portents

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