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Grammatik als Gabe – Aldhelm, Bonifatius, Expossitio latinitatis (Anonymus ad Cuimnanum)


Cardelle de Hartmann, Carmen (2019). Grammatik als Gabe – Aldhelm, Bonifatius, Expossitio latinitatis (Anonymus ad Cuimnanum). In: Haye, Thomas; Bieritz, Carl-Friedrich; Brinkmann, Cornelius. Literarische Widmungen im Mittelalter und in der Renaissance : Konzepte – Praktiken – Hintergründe. Stuttgart: Anton Hiersemann Verlag, 19-50.

Abstract

This paper discusses the dedications of three early medieval grammatical treatises: Aldhelm’s Epistola ad Acircium, Boniface’s Ars grammatica, and the Expossitio latinitatis (Anonymus ad Cuimnanum), which was probably written by an Irish author working in Bobbio. Grammatical texts are treated very freely in the textual transmission, as they are frequently excerpted, expanded or combined. This applies also to their paratextual elements such as letters, prefaces, and addresses, which might explain the reason why dedications of early medieval grammatical works are rarely found and why all three authors try to connect their dedications to the text on various levels. Although they employ traditional topoi such as praise of the dedicatees, apology of one’s own work, and defence from critics, they show a self-awareness of their role as grammarians and authors. In talking to their dedicatees, for example, they stylise themselves as teachers addressing their pupils. The defence of grammar as an indispensable tool for buttressing religious life plays an important role in all three works. The incorporation of prayers, which are put in relation to the dedications, enhances this religious role, which is pushed by the Anonymus and Aldhelm so far as to ask for divine grace and inspiration for their works.

Abstract

This paper discusses the dedications of three early medieval grammatical treatises: Aldhelm’s Epistola ad Acircium, Boniface’s Ars grammatica, and the Expossitio latinitatis (Anonymus ad Cuimnanum), which was probably written by an Irish author working in Bobbio. Grammatical texts are treated very freely in the textual transmission, as they are frequently excerpted, expanded or combined. This applies also to their paratextual elements such as letters, prefaces, and addresses, which might explain the reason why dedications of early medieval grammatical works are rarely found and why all three authors try to connect their dedications to the text on various levels. Although they employ traditional topoi such as praise of the dedicatees, apology of one’s own work, and defence from critics, they show a self-awareness of their role as grammarians and authors. In talking to their dedicatees, for example, they stylise themselves as teachers addressing their pupils. The defence of grammar as an indispensable tool for buttressing religious life plays an important role in all three works. The incorporation of prayers, which are put in relation to the dedications, enhances this religious role, which is pushed by the Anonymus and Aldhelm so far as to ask for divine grace and inspiration for their works.

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Item Type:Book Section, not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Greek and Latin Philology
Dewey Decimal Classification:470 Latin & Italic languages
480 Classical & modern Greek languages
Language:German
Date:2019
Deposited On:22 May 2019 13:10
Last Modified:25 Sep 2019 00:35
Publisher:Anton Hiersemann Verlag
Series Name:Quellen und Untersuchungen zur lateinischen Philologie des Mittelalters
ISSN:0721-6203
OA Status:Closed

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