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Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric


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List of Abbreviations General Introduction Part 1 Arts of Language, AD ca. 300-ca. 950 Introduction Terentianus Maurus, De litteris and De syllabis, ca. 300 Aelius Donatus, Ars minor, Ars maior, Life of Virgil, ca. 300 Marius Victorinus, Commentary on the De inventione, before 355 Servius, Commentary on the Aeneid, ca. 400-420 Tiberius Claudius Donatus, Interpretationes Vergilianae, ca. 400 Martianus Capella, De nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii, ca. 420-490 Priscian, Institutiones grammaticae and Institutio De Nomine Pronomine Verbo, ca. 520 Boethius, De topicis differentiis book 4, ca. 523 Cassiodorus, Expositio Psalmorum, ca. 540, and Institutiones, ca. 562 Isidore of Seville, Etymologiae, ca. 625 Virgilius Maro Grammaticus, Epistolae and Epitomae, ca. 650 Bede, De arte metrica and De schematibus et tropis, ca. 710 Alcuin, Ars grammatica and Disputatio de rhetorica et de virtutibus, ca. 790-800 Glosses on Priscian by Remigius and his Followers (ninth and tenth centuries) Part 2 Dossiers on the Ablative Absolute and Etymology Introduction The Ablative Absolute Dossier Etymology Dossier Part 3 Sciences and Curricula of Language in the Twelfth Century Introduction Commentaries on Priscian, ca. 1080 to ca. 1150: Glosulae, Notae dunelmenses, William of Conches Rupert of Deutz, De sancta trinitate et operibuseius, 1112-16: Grammar and Rhetoric Thierry of Chartres, Commentaries on the De inventione and Ad Herennium, ca. 1130-1140 Thierry of Chartres, Prologue to the Heptateuchon;Prologues to Donatus, ca. 1140. Petrus Helias, Summa super Priscianum, ca.1140-50 Dominicus Gundissalinus, De divisione philosophiae, ca. 1150-60 John of Salisbury, Metalogicon,1159 Grammatical Commentaries from "School, " of Ralph of Beauvais ca. 1165-75 Alexander Neckam, A List of Textbooks (from Sacerdos ad altare), ca. 1210 Section 4 Pedagogies of Grammar and Rhetoric, ca. 1150-1280 Introduction Prologues to Twelfth-Century School Commentaries on Horace's Ars poetica, ca. 1150 Matthew of Vendome, Ars versificatoria, ca. 1175 Alexander of Villa Dei, Doctrinale, 1199 Eberhard of Bethune, Graecismus, 1212 Geoffrey of Vinsauf, Poetria nova, ca. 1208-1213 Gervase of Melkley, Ars versificaria, ca. 1215-1216 Thomas of Chobham, Summa de arte praedicandi, ca.1220 John of Garland, Parisiana poetria, ca. 1231-1235 Tria Sunt (after 1256, before 1400) Part 5 Professional, Civic, and Scholastic Approaches to the Language Arts, ca.1225- ca.1272 Introduction Henri d'Andeli, Bataille des sept arts, ca. 1230 Commentary on the Barbarismus (attributed to Robert Kilwardby), ca. 1250 Hermannus Alemannus, Al-Farabi's Didascalia on Aristotle's Rhetoric,1256 Brunetto Latini, Rettorica, ca. 1260 Thomas Aquinas, Preface to his Expositio of Aristotle's Posterior Analytics,1270 Giles of Rome, commentary on Aristotle's Rhetoric,ca. 1272 Part 6 Receptions of the Traditions: The Language Arts and Poetics in the Later Middle Ages, ca. 1369-ca. 1475 Introduction Nicolaus Dybinus, Declaracio oracionis de beata Dorothea ca. 1369 John Gower, Confessio amantis, 1386-90 John Lydgate, Fall of Princes, 1431-9 A Middle English Treatise on the Seven Liberal Arts, ca. 1475 Select Bibliographies Primary Sources Secondary Sources Index of Latin terms General Index

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Rita Copeland is Professor of Classical Studies and English, and Chair of Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. Her field is medieval studies, and she has written extensively on the histories of rhetoric, literary theory, translation, allegory, pedagogy, and intellectuals. Ineke Sluiter is Professor of Greek at Leiden University. Her field is ancient and medieval ideas on language and their socio-cultural contexts. She has published extensively on ancient grammar, rhetoric, philosophy of language, pedagogy and theories of interpretation.


`This book is something of a masterpiece, both in terms of its scope and its realization. Its broad approach invites scholars to read more widely into their subject than is customary. ' Anneli Luhtala, Historiographia Linguistica `this book is the most impressive and useful such compilation of primary materials ever made available. ' Michael Calabrese, The Medieval Review

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