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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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Thierry of Chartres, Prologue to the Heptateuchon; Prologues to Donatus, CA. 1140

Thierry of Chartres, Prologue to the Heptateuchon; Prologues to Donatus, CA. 1140

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(p.439) Thierry of Chartres, Prologue to the Heptateuchon; Prologues to Donatus, CA. 1140
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Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric
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Rita Copeland, Ineke Sluiter
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199653782.003.0024

This chapter discusses a prologue written around 1140 by Thierry of Chartres for the Heptateuchon as well as his prologues to Donatus. Thierry's Heptateuchon was intended as an encyclopedic anthology of all of the curricular texts so that they might be read according to the order of the trivium and quadrivium. It also contains more than fifty textbooks of the liberal arts, including the major works of Donatus and Priscian. As such, Thierry presents wisdom and eloquence as instruments of philosophical inquiry. The Heptateuchon offers a Platonic division of the sciences into logic (language and reasoning), ethics, and speculative science.

Keywords:   prologues, Thierry of Chartres, Heptateuchon, Donatus, textbooks, liberal arts, wisdom, eloquence, logic, ethics

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