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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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Tiberius Claudius Donatus, Interpretationes Vergilianae, CA. 400

Tiberius Claudius Donatus, Interpretationes Vergilianae, CA. 400

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(p.141) Tiberius Claudius Donatus, Interpretationes Vergilianae, CA. 400
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Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric
Author(s):
Rita Copeland, Ineke Sluiter
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199653782.003.0007

This chapter discusses Tiberius Claudius Donatus's Interpretationes Vergilianae (Interpretations of Virgil), a 1,200-page paraphrase remarkable for its unified scope and written ca. 400. Tib. Claudius Donatus argues that Virgil's poem Aeneid has one purpose, which is to praise both Aeneas and Augustus. His suggestion that Virgil's interpretation is more rhetorical rather than grammatical makes the Aeneid a key part of competition between grammar and rhetoric. However, Tib. Claudius Donatus's interpretation applies some of the principles of grammar, and thus reflects the grammatical competence of an educated layman.

Keywords:   grammar, Tiberius Claudius Donatus, Interpretationes Vergilianae, Virgil, poem, Aeneid, Aeneas, Augustus, rhetoric, paraphrase

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