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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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Alcuin, Ars grammatica and Disputatio de rhetorica et de virtutibus, CA. 790–800

Alcuin, Ars grammatica and Disputatio de rhetorica et de virtutibus, CA. 790–800

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(p.272) Alcuin, Ars grammatica and Disputatio de rhetorica et de virtutibus, CA. 790–800
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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/9780199653782.003.0015

This chapter discusses Ars grammatica and Disputatio de rhetorica et de virtutibus (Dialogue on Rhetoric and on Virtues), two treatises written by Alcuin of York around 790–800. Ars grammatica, part of Alcuin's opera didascalica, is presented in question-and-answer form that had been a traditional technique in grammar since Donatus's Ars minor. It merges the disciplines of grammar and dialectic and also contains an example of rhetoric by Fortunatianus. Disputatio de rhetorica et de virtutibus deals with politics, law, and morals, along with the relation between rhetoric and Christian kingship.

Keywords:   grammar, Ars grammatica, Alcuin of York, opera didascalica, dialectic, rhetoric, politics, morals, Christian kingship

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