Petrus Riga[1] (c. 1140 – 1209) was a French poet. He is known for his work Aurora, which is a commentary on the Bible with emphasis on allegorical and moral interpretation. Although it has been called the verse Bible of the Middle Ages[2] it is not just a collection of versified paraphrases.

Peter was a canon of Reims Cathedral, and wrote many works. He was an influence on John Gower.[3] Vox Clamantis contains several passages taken from Aurora. Gower cites Riga as an authority in Book III Chapter 25.[4]

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  • Paul E. Beichner (1965, two volumes), Aurora: Petri Rigae Biblia Versificata. A Verse Commentary on the Bible

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  1. ^ Pierre Riga, Peter of Riga, Peter Riga.
  2. ^ See Paul E. Beichner, Aurora: Petri Rigae Biblia Versificata. A Verse Commentary in the Bible (1965), p. XI.
  3. ^ See Robert P. Miller, Chaucer: Sources and Backgrounds (1977), p. 205; Beichner.
  4. ^ See Pouzet, Jean-Pascal (2010). "Augustinian Agencies in Gower's Manuscripts and Text". In Elisabeth M. Dutton; John Hines; Robert F. Yeager (eds.). John Gower, Trilingual Poet: Language, Translation, and Tradition. Boydell & Brewer.

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