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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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Hermannus Alemannus, Al-Farabi’s Didascalia on Aristotle’s Rhetoric, 1256

Hermannus Alemannus, Al-Farabi’s Didascalia on Aristotle’s Rhetoric, 1256

(p.735) Hermannus Alemannus, Al-Farabi’s Didascalia on Aristotle’s Rhetoric, 1256
Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric
Rita Copeland, Ineke Sluiter
Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Hermannus Alemannus's translation of Al-Farabi's Didascalia on Aristotle's Rhetoric. Written around 1256, the rhetorical translation covers the opening section of Al-Farabi's ‘Great Commentary’. The prologue to Hermannus's translation of the Rhetoric is extremely informative, and he introduces these works to Latin audiences with a particular interest in logic. In particular, he declares the impact of the extended Organon on traditional notions of the trivium. He also brought forth the idea that rhetoric and poetics were part of logic.

Keywords:   logic, Hermannus Alemannus, translation, Al-Farabi, Didascalia, Aristotle, trivium, rhetoric, poetics

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