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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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Thierry of Chartres, Commentaries on the De inventione and Rhetorica Ad Herennium, CA. 1130–1140

Thierry of Chartres, Commentaries on the De inventione and Rhetorica Ad Herennium, CA. 1130–1140

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(p.405) Thierry of Chartres, Commentaries on the De inventione and Rhetorica Ad Herennium, CA. 1130–1140
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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/9780199653782.003.0023

This chapter discusses commentaries written around 1130–1140 by Thierry of Chartres on De inventione and Rhetorica ad Herennium. Both works reflect Thierry's commitment to the language arts and the Platonist cosmology as well as his philosophical outlook regarding the ‘seminal causes’ of natural and divine truths. His prologue to the art of rhetoric also attests to his methodological innovation. In addition, Thierry makes a distinction between ‘extrinsic’ and ‘intrinsic’ knowledge of an art and explores the genres of narration, the levels of style, and stylistic ornamentation.

Keywords:   commentaries, Thierry of Chartres, De inventione, Rhetorica ad Herennium, language arts, cosmology, rhetoric, knowledge, narration, stylistic ornamentation

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