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Wisdom, Authority and Grammar in the Seventh Century - Decoding Virgilius Maro Grammaticus (Electronic book text)
Wisdom, Authority and Grammar in the Seventh Century - Decoding Virgilius Maro Grammaticus (Electronic book text): Vivien Law

Wisdom, Authority and Grammar in the Seventh Century - Decoding Virgilius Maro Grammaticus (Electronic book text)

Vivien Law

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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 authority, thereby destabilizing his own position? The search for an answer leads us via patristic exegesis and medieval wisdom literature to the tantalizingly ill-documented reaches of heterodox initiatory traditions. Vivien Law's book opens important new perspectives on the intellectual life of the early Middle Ages and on the decoding of medieval literature in general.

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Imprint: Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: March 2011
Authors: Vivien Law
Format: Electronic book text
ISBN-13: 978-0-511-83482-0
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Literary studies
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Literary studies > Classical, early & medieval
LSN: 0-511-83482-9
Barcode: 9780511834820

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