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What Graeco-Roman Grammar Was About

P. H. Matthews


This book explains how the grammarians of the Graeco-Roman world perceived the nature and structure of the languages they taught. The volume focuses primarily on the early centuries AD, a time when the Roman Empire was at its peak; in this period, a grammarian not only had a secure place in the ancient system of education, but could take for granted an established technical understanding of language. By delineating what that ancient model of grammar was, the book highlights both those aspects that have persisted to this day and seem reassuringly familiar, such as ‘parts of speech’, as well as ... More

Keywords: grammarian, Graeco-Roman world, Roman Empire, grammar, part of speech, language

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198830115
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198830115.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

P. H. Matthews, author
Emeritus Professor of Linguistics, University of Cambridge