By Peter Mack
During this vital contribution to the cultural and academic heritage of Elizabethan England, Peter Mack examines the influence of humanist education within the use of language on English prose writing. research of the rhetorical codes and conventions by way of which the debates of the interval have been carried out is presently a big zone of historic and literary inquiry. Peter Mack offers a wealth of recent info, displaying how this humanist education was once deployed in literary genres and in additional useful criminal and political settings.
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Sig. ¶v. The earlier ‘literary’ texts, the simpler letters from Cicero’s Ad familiares and Terence’s comedies were used in the same way as the elementary readers: as examples of Latin syntax and as sources of phrases for reuse. Pupils were expected to analyse sentences word by word. With the later texts (Virgil, De ofﬁciis, Sallust or Caesar, Horace and Ovid) and with abler pupils, grammatical analysis focused on difﬁcult words and phrases whose explanation might advance pupils’ understanding of Latin grammar.
This form of introduction is related to the medieval type B accessus, itself based on Servius. See R. W. Hunt, ‘The Introductions to the Artes in the Twelfth Century’, now in his The History of Grammar in the Middle Ages (Amsterdam, ), pp. –; R. B. C. ), Accessus ad auctores (Leiden, ); A. J. Minnis and A. B. Scott (eds. ), Medieval Literary Theory and Criticism, Revised Edition (Oxford, ), pp. –. Thanks to a letter of recommendation from Archbishop Parker in August , Bynneman received a patent in classical school texts, some of which he published himself while licensing others to other printers.
V. The earlier ‘literary’ texts, the simpler letters from Cicero’s Ad familiares and Terence’s comedies were used in the same way as the elementary readers: as examples of Latin syntax and as sources of phrases for reuse. Pupils were expected to analyse sentences word by word. With the later texts (Virgil, De ofﬁciis, Sallust or Caesar, Horace and Ovid) and with abler pupils, grammatical analysis focused on difﬁcult words and phrases whose explanation might advance pupils’ understanding of Latin grammar.