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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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Eberhard of Béthune, Graecismus, 1212

Eberhard of Béthune, Graecismus, 1212

(p.584) Eberhard of Béthune, Graecismus, 1212
Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric
Rita Copeland, Ineke Sluiter
Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Graecismus, a grammar composed in verse by Eberhard of Béthune around 1212. The Graecismus complements the Doctrinale of Alexander of Villa Dei in many ways and is devoted primarily to differentiae (words that need to be distinguished from each other). It uses the system of the parts of speech to bring some order into the cumbersome nature of these terms and advocates a return to the study of Latin words and their meanings in the tradition of Donatus. Graecismus's grammatical teachings on figures and tropes make it closely associated with the contemporary genre of the ars poetriae.

Keywords:   grammar, Eberhard of Béthune, Graecismus, Doctrinale, differentiae, parts of speech, Latin words, figures, tropes, ars poetriae

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