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Medieval Grammar and RhetoricLanguage Arts and Literary Theory, AD 300 -1475$
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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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Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric
Rita Copeland, Ineke Sluiter
Oxford University Press

This section explores the emergence, beginning in the second half of the twelfth century, of several innovative kinds of instructional treatises that drew upon the ancient traditions in grammar and rhetoric. The teaching of the art was given a boost by new grammars, resulting in changing pedagogical needs in an expanding curriculum. This gave rise to new treatises on verse and prose composition that brought the two dominant rhetorical traditions, Ciceronian oratory and Horace's poetic precept, under the umbrella of grammatical instruction. This section presents texts that exemplify various dimensions and stages in the pedagogical tradition of the arts of language, from grammatical treatises to the artes poetriae and the early phase of the arts of preaching as well as the teaching about the literary canon.

Keywords:   treatises, grammar, rhetoric, teaching, curriculum, oratory, language, artes poetriae, preaching, literary canon

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