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Oratio de Hominis Dignitate

Oratio de Hominis Dignitate

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Oratio de Hominis Dignitate (1486)byGiovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463-1494)
 
Original Digital Source:George Mason UniversityDepartment of Modern and Classical Languageshttp://www.gmu.edu/departments/fld/CLASSICS/mirandola.oratio.html
 
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Pici MirandulensisOratio de hominis dignitate
§ 1.
 1. Legi, Patres colendissimi, in Arabum monumentis,interrogatum Abdalam sarracenum, quid in hac quasimundana scena admirandum maxime spectaretur, nihilspectari homine admirabilius respondisse.2. Cui sententiae illud Mercurii adstipulatur: «Magnum, oAsclepi, miraculum est homo».
§ 2.
 3. Horum dictorum rationem cogitanti mihi non satis illafaciebant, quae multa de humanae naturae praestantiaafferuntur a multis: esse hominem creaturarum internuntium,superis familiarem, regem inferiorum; sensuum perspicacia,rationis indagine, intelligentiae lumine, naturae interpretem;stabilis evi et fluxi temporis interstitium, et (quod Persaedicunt) mundi copulam, immo hymeneum, ab angelis, testeDavide, paulo deminutum.
§ 3.
 4. Magna haec quidem, sed non principalia, idest quaesummae admirationis privilegium sibi iure vendicent.5. Cur enim non ipsos angelos et beatissimos caeli chorosmagis admiremur?6. Tandem intellexisse mihi sum visus, cur felicissimumproindeque dignum omni admiratione animal sit homo, etquae sit demum illa conditio quam in universi serie sortitussit, non brutis modo, sed astris, sed ultramundanis mentibusinvidiosam.

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