Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Printed Commonplace-Books and the Structuring of Renaissance Thought$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Ann Moss

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198159087

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159087.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 03 December 2020

Seventeenth Century: Consolidation

Seventeenth Century: Consolidation

(p.215) 8 Seventeenth Century: Consolidation
Printed Commonplace-Books and the Structuring of Renaissance Thought

Ann Moss

Oxford University Press

For Latin vocabulary, phraseology, and style, the commonplace-book remained in the 17th century as important a source as ever it had been in the preceding century. However, some features in the procedure recommended by John Brinsley, though not necessarily new, indicated trends which would be consolidated in the ensuing period. Latin was taught not only in the vernacular, but through the vernacular. Translation was the key to understanding and the ‘natural’ medium through which pupils learnt to manipulate the phraseology of ‘rhetorically’ contrived Latin. Moreover, Brinsley's teaching of Latin by translation was aimed quite explicitly at bringing the English language within the scope of the verbal competence inculcated by the classroom method. However, his insistence on printed commonplace-books, in particular his choice of O. Mirandula, backed up by dictionaries of phrases, epithets, adages, and so on, opened the way to the much more eclectic Latin which, as Politian and many another had realized, was invariably produced by roaming through florilegia.

Keywords:   Latin, vocabulary, phraseology, style, commonplace-books, John Brinsley, translation, O. Mirandula, florilegia

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .