Priscian, Institutiones grammaticae

Description

Priscian was a Latin grammarian and scholar, active in Constantinople (now Istanbul, Turkey) at the beginning of the sixth century. Little is known about the details of his life, but he wrote a number of treatises and teaching aids on grammar, poetry and metre that were widely read throughout the Middle Ages. These include De nomine, pronomine, et verbo (On noun, pronoun, and verb) and an analysis of the 12 books of Virgil’s Aeneid. His most popular work was the Institutiones grammaticae (Institutes of Grammar), an 18-volume handbook of Latin grammar. The text became a standard feature of the medieval school curriculum.  

Copied in France during the 11th century, this decorated volume preserves the first sixteen books of the Institutiones grammaticae, as well as a short poem by the Roman rhetorician Ausonius (d. c. 395). The manuscript’s extensive marginal and interlinear annotations suggest that it was once used as a schoolbook. 

This manuscript was digitised with the support of The Polonsky Foundation.

Full title:
Priscian, Institutiones grammaticae
Created:
11th century, France
Format:
Manuscript
Language:
Latin
Creator:
Priscian
Usage terms

Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.

Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
Harley MS 2763

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