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.
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