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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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Virgilius Maro Grammaticus, Epistolae and Epitomae, CA. 650

Virgilius Maro Grammaticus, Epistolae and Epitomae, CA. 650

(p.248) Virgilius Maro Grammaticus, Epistolae and Epitomae, CA. 650
Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric
Rita Copeland, Ineke Sluiter
Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Epistolae and Epitomae, two grammatical works written by Virgilius Maro grammaticus around 650. Both Epitomae and Epistolae deal with the parts of speech and use obvious elements of parody. An apparently important unifying theme is Virgilius's emphasis on the possibility that language has several meanings. The Epistolae and Epitomae are based on Donatus's Ars minor and Ars maior; the latter is devoted to ‘word-splitting’, etymology, and the history of Virgilius's discipline. Virgilius also explores Creation, where ‘grammar, the key to the scriptures, parallels natural philosophy, the key to God's Creation’.

Keywords:   grammar, Epistolae, Epitomae, Virgilius Maro grammaticus, parts of speech, Donatus, word-splitting, etymology, Creation, natural philosophy

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