Capella, Marcianus Mineus Felix

, a Latin poet, lived about the year 490 of the vulgar aera. He is thought to have been an African and proconsul. We have a poem of his mixed with prose, entitled “De nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii, et de septem artibus liberalibus.” Grotius, at the age of only fourteen years, gave a good edition of this production in 1599, in 8vo, with notes and corrections. He restored numberless corrupted passages, with a sagacity truly wonderful in a boy of his age. That part which treats of music has been most noticed by inquirers into the history of that art. 2

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Vossius. Fabric. Bibl. Lat. Hawkins’s Hist, of Music, and Dr. Buruey in Rees’s Cyclopedia.