Venantius is a translator who worked in the scriptorium with Adelmo. He is found dead in a barrel of pig’s blood the day after William and Adso arrive at the abbey. Like Adelmo, he was intellectually curious, ambitious, and frequently argued with Jorge. He had also been pursuing the forbidden book. William finds notes on his desk in Greek and a zodiacal language relating to his attempt to break into the finis Africae, including the seemingly incomprehensible direction that “the hand over the idol works on the first and the seventh of the four.” He died from the poison Jorge had used to contaminate the pages of the manuscript, after frantically reading through the forbidden book.
Venantius of Salvemec Character Timeline in The Name of the Rose
The timeline below shows where the character Venantius of Salvemec appears in The Name of the Rose. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
William and Adso also meet Berengar of Arundel, Malachi’s assistant. They also meet Venantius of Salvemec, a translator, and Benno of Uppsala, a rhetorician. Malachi explains that the library... (full context)
...taking pleasure in the “monsters he painted,” and of following the “path of monstrosity” himself. Venantius speaks up and defends Adelmo, revealing that Jorge had debated with Adelmo on the topic... (full context)
...interaction that occurred in the scriptorium a few days earlier. During the argument about laughter, Venantius mentioned that Aristotle had dedicated the second book of his Poetics to comedy, but that... (full context)
...He predicts that the Apocalypse is at hand, and that the deaths of Adelmo and Venantius were “sounding the trumpets” before the Last Judgment. William and Adso pass through the chapel... (full context)
...the corpse, Severinus confirms that Berengar died of drowning. He also suggests that Berengar and Venantius might have touched the same poisonous substance, since both their fingers are black and Berengar’s... (full context)
...his new lenses. With his two pairs of glasses, William deciphers the Greek portion of Venantius’s manuscript, but the words make no sense and seem “the ravings of a madman.” However,... (full context)
...the Book of the Apocalypse: hail (Adelmo fell from the tower of the Aedificium), blood (Venantius died of poison), water (Berengar died of drowning), and now the stars (Severinus was killed... (full context)
...know Greek and Arabic. William observes to Adso that everyone who has died with blackened fingers—Venantius, Berengar, and Malachi—knew Greek, so the next victim will probably know it as well. He... (full context)
...asks Benno whether anyone mentioned the Coena in the discussion about riddles. Benno confirms that Venantius did, and Jorge became furious, reminding everyone that the book had been forbidden by the... (full context)
...the deadly poison from the infirmary and poisoned the pages of the book which killed Venantius, Berengar, and Malachi (explaining their blackened fingers and tongues). He convinced Malachi to murder Severinus... (full context)
...of the Poetics. William explains that he recognized some of the seemingly nonsensical phrases in Venantius’s notes—“cicadas that will sing from the ground,” for example—as phrases from the first book of... (full context)