Welcome to the Florilegium
THLord Stefan li Rous (Mark S. Harris, stefan at florilegium.org)
This is a collection of files that I have assembled from various sources
since I first joined the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) in 1989.
The information in these files comes from the Rialto newsgroup (rec.org.sca),
the old fidonet medieval echo conference area, various mail lists and articles
submitted to me by their authors.
RECENT NEWS -
I have now added a copy of my standard Florilegium flyer to this site.
It is available
in PDF format. Please feel free to download it and make it available to
other folks who you might think would be interested in this site, especially
SCA newcomers. It has two pages and is formatted to be printed, front and
back, on a single sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper.
If you enjoy this site and find it useful, please consider donating something
to help keep the Florilegium running:
Several types of files are available:
WANTED - Article Submissions
-msg (or no suffix) These files are composed
of a variety of short messages from a variety of authors having a common
-art A stand-alone article written by a single author.
Some are off of the networks while some were submitted to me by the author.
-bib A bibliography of book and article titles
on a single subject.
-FAQ An article file that follows a Frequently
Asked Questions format.
-lnks An article file that contains a list of
web links, frequently annotated with comments.
I am always looking for additional articles for the Florilegium. The
copyright remains with the author and I will accept or remove an article
upon request by the author. Short articles written for local newsletters
are often good candidates for the Florilegium, as are longer papers
written as Arts and Sciences contest entries and even Master's Thesises.
Bibliographies, especially annotated bibliographies, are also desired.
Even class notes that you may have assembled for a class you taught may
make good submissions.
To contact me about submissions, write to me at: stefan at florilegium.org)
I try to do my best to ensure that all links that you find in the
Florilegium are correct. It bothers me when you can't get to a file
you seek here due to a bad link. However, because of the constant
updating that this site undergoes, bad links do creep in. If you
find a non-working link, PLEASE let me know. The sooner I know about
it the sooner I can fix it.
To contact me about a broken link, write to me at: stefan at florilegium.org)
What's a Florilegium?
Literally, it means "a gathering of flowers".
Florilegia were collections of choice tidbits (from Ovid,
Aristotle, various popes, church scholars, etc) arranged topically.
Typically, a florilegium is huge, encyclopedic, and contains only
choice selections from particular works. Example, Ovid's
Metamorphoses would be too long to include in its entirety
and might suggest some of the wrong ideas (from a Church viewpoint),
so only those works that offer clear exegetic or moralistic exempla
would likely be included. Thus, a florilegium would probably
not include Nestor's account of the battle of the Lapiths --
the tale pokes fun at Nestor, at old men attempting to claim wisdom
solely based upon age, and (less directly) at Homer. A florilegium
probably would contain the tales of Midas, however, because
they provide lessons on the evils of greed, pride, and gossip.
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