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eruditi, qui, dum Ius Gentium Iuris humani speciem effingere voluerunt,
There is an intriguing lemma to the missing chapter 8,8, in which Gellius is going to tell us what he experienced when he tried 'to interpret and, as it were, to reproduce in Latin certain passages of Plato' (quid mihi usu uenerit, interpretari et quasi effingere uolenti locos quosdam Platonicos Latina oratione).
hoc enim modo firmum studiorum & artium liberalium fundamentum statumque effingere fingebant, vt quae nullo Fortunae impetu possunt concuti.
Webster imported the same Latin tag from Martial (Ars utinam mores, animumque effingere posset; / Pulchrior in terris, nulla tabella foret; If only art could paint his mind, his spirit as they were
Efformare, Effingere, Componere", Diccionario de Autoridades, voz "Hacer", entrada cuarta.
Romanus vel Romani stili peritus, For he, or any ancient Roman, or ut iurisconsultor praecipue, vel any man learned in the Roman quisquis ille phantasticus literary style, as a jurisconsult Tullianis lectionibus assuetus, in particular would be--or whoever simillimum orationis genus that fantasist, immersed in effingere.
The first part, "Design/Drawings(1) of the likeness," attempts to determine the emergence of the notion of art, parallel to the evolution of the verb effingere, the subtleties of which have been explored in great detail, from Plotinus (poiein) to Marsilio Ficino ("receive an image from above") and thereafter.