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Wisdom, Authority and Grammar in the Seventh Century: Decoding Virgilius Maro Grammaticus

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An alternative interpretation of two of the most puzzling surviving medieval texts.

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  • Wisdom, Authority and Grammar in the Seventh Century: Decoding Virgilius Maro Grammaticus (Cambridge University Press) – Trade paperback (2006)
    by Vivien Law

    Wisdom, Authority and Grammar in the Seventh Century: Decoding Virgilius Maro Grammaticus

    Trade paperback, Cambridge University Press
    2006
    English
    184 pages

    ISBN: 0521027691
    ISBN-13: 9780521027694

    The works of the seventh-century writer Virgilius Maro Grammaticus are among the most puzzling medieval texts to survive. Ostensibly a pair of grammars, they swarm with hymns, riddles, invented words and imaginary writers. Conventionally interpreted either as a benighted barbarian's unfortunate attempt to write a 'proper' grammar, or as a parody of the pedantic excesses of the ancient grammatical tradition, these texts have long been in need of an alternative reading. Why should a grammarian attack the very notion of ... Show more

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