Wisdom, Authority and Grammar in the Seventh Century: Decoding Virgilius Maro Grammaticus by Vivien LawWisdom, Authority and Grammar in the Seventh Century: Decoding Virgilius Maro Grammaticus by Vivien Law

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

byVivien Law

Paperback | November 2, 2006

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This new interpretation of the baffling Latin grammars of the seventh-century writer Virgilius Maro Grammaticus sets aside conventional readings that see them as flawed or parodic. Vivien Law's analysis moves through the broader context of patristic biblical exegesis and early medieval wisdom literature to the ill-documented reaches of heterodox initiatory practices. She situates Virgilius in his intellectual context, and opens important new perspectives for our understanding of medieval literary culture.
Title:Wisdom, Authority and Grammar in the Seventh Century: Decoding Virgilius Maro GrammaticusFormat:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.43 inPublished:November 2, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521027691

ISBN - 13:9780521027694

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Table of Contents

Preface; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. The outer layers: parody and word-play; 2. The wisdom tradition; 3. Avarice and the four keys to wisdom; 4. The multifarious nature of wisdom; 5. Heretical knowledge? The constitution of man; 6. The Epistolae: Virgilius' Retractatio?; 7. Concealment of mysteries: the techniques of secrecy; 8. Virgilius and the seventh century; 9. Conclusion; Appendices; Notes; Works cited; Index.

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"There are important ideas in this book. Law's method rests on a sound philological basis but is also innovative.... This is a book for those who seek to understand the intellectual climate of the seventh century...." Denis Brearley, Speculum