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On The Shoulders Of Grammatica: John Of Salisbury's Metalogicon And Poliziano's Lamia

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The Lamia displays a double degree of originality: it is a rather singular work compared to the tradition of inaugural lectures to which it belongs, but it is also quite novel with respect to the praelectiones that Angelo Poliziano himself had presented in the previous years. This chapter is first devoted to John of Salisbury and to the environment in which he developed his ideas on grammar and the grammatical approach informing the Metalogicon. It then addresses the relationship between grammar and dialetic from John's times up to Italian Humanism. Next, the chapter analyzes the &t;anti-dialectical&t; invective, and emphasizes the textual relationships between the Metalogicon and the Lamia. It finally formulates some hypotheses on the meaning of the Lamia as invective in the context in which it was composed.

Keywords: Angelo Poliziano; anti-dialectical invective; grammar; John of Salisbury; Lamia; Metalogicon



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