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Rita Copeland and Ineke Sluiter

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199653782

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199653782.001.0001

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Isidore of Seville, Etymologiae, CA. 625

Isidore of Seville, Etymologiae, CA. 625

(p.232) Isidore of Seville, Etymologiae, CA. 625
Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric
Rita Copeland, Ineke Sluiter
Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Etymologiae (or Origines), an encyclopedic work written by Isidore of Seville around 625. The Etymologiae is based on three distinctive ancient intellectual traditions: etymology, encyclopedia, and lexicography. It deals with all aspects of knowledge from liberal arts to medicine, law, time, cult books and libraries, and organisation of the religious year, along with theological, moral, and natural sciences. The first book, De grammatica, combines a technical approach to grammar with a more mystical view on the value of letters as an indication of moral truth. This chapter presents excerpts from De grammatica and excerpts on rhetoric from the second book, De rhetorica et dialectica.

Keywords:   grammar, Etymologiae, Isidore of Seville, etymology, encyclopedia, knowledge, De grammatica, moral truth, rhetoric, De rhetorica et dialectica

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