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Ramon Llull's opera 76-79

Fernando Domínguez Reboiras and Jordi Gayà Estelrich add a new and impressive chapter to the ongoing edition of Ramon Llull's oeuvre in Latin. In volume 302 of the Continuatio Mediaevalis of the Corpus Christianorum they edit the texts Llull wrote between August and December 1298, i.e. during his second stay in Paris (= op. 76-79). This is volume XL in the subseries Raimundi Lulli opera latina.

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During his second stay in Paris (1297-1299), Ramon Llull developed an extraordinary literary activity writing 16 works, some of them of considerable length. His attention was once again focused on the presentation of the Art, either to summarize it in accordance with the new changes he had introduced (beginning with the Tabula generalis, op. 53, ROL XXVII), or to present it as a method of renewal of the particular sciences (astronomy and geometry) or as an instrument in the debate on the errors condemned by the bishop of Paris in 1277.

The four works presented in this volume are examples of this activity:

  • The Disputatio Eremitae et Raimundi super aliquibus dubiis quaestionibus Sententiarum Magistri Petri Lombardi (op. 76) not only represents Llull's closest approximation to the university style of studying the science of theology, based on the Sentences of Peter Lombard, but also the most radical application of his Art as opposed to any discussion fed by the exegesis of "auctoritates".

  • In Arbor philosophiae amoris (op. 77), on the other hand, the application of the Art follows the intent of his previous Ars amativa boni (op. 46, ROL XXIX), thus revealing the intimate connection between the austerity of the artistic language and the exuberance of the contemplative language, the true hallmark of Lullian mysticism.

  • The Consolatio Venetorum et totius gentis desolatae (op. 78) illustrates the innovative approach that the Lullian project offers for the moral and political life of the Church.

  • There is no medieval Latin manuscript tradition of the Cantus Raimundi (op. 79).

For the works written by Llull in Paris in 1297 (op. 70-75), see CCCM 79 (= ROL XVII). The works he wrote in Paris in 1299 are currently being prepared by Carla Compagno. They will be published as volume XLI in the ROL subseries.

Fernando Domínguez Reboiras, now retired, worked at the Raimundus-Lullus-Institut (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg) from 1970 to 2008. As editorial manager of the ROL series, member of the editorial board and editor of several ROL volumes he has contributed substantially to the CCCM series.

Jordi Gayà Estelrich is currently a professor at the Superior Institute of Religious Sciences in Mallorca (ISCR) and at the Faculty of Theology of Catalonia, Ateneu Universitari Sant Pacià, Barcelona. He has worked on the critical edition of the Latin works of Ramon Llull, among them those published in vol. XX of the ROL series (CCCM, 113).

Table of Contents


Introducción general (Jordi Gayà Estelrich)

Elenchus codicum (Fernando Domínguez Reboiras)

Opera et catalogi

Textus Disputatio Eremitae et Raimundi (op. 76) (Jordi Gayà Estelrich) Arbor philosophiae amoris (op. 77) (Fernando Domínguez Reboiras) Consolatio Venetorum (op. 78) (Fernando Domínguez Reboiras) Cantus Raimundi / Cant de Ramon (op. 79) (Fernando Domínguez Reboiras)

Indices Index locorum S. Scripturae Index nominum Index titulorum operum Raimundi

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