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Horace and Ramist Dialectics: Pierre Gaultier Chabot’s (1516–1598?) Commentaries

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This chapter discusses the commentaries that the French humanist Pierre Gaultier Chabot devoted to Horace's poetry. It argues that Chabot's work is an interesting combination of, on the one hand, Ramist orthodoxy with its focus on structure, method and the teaching of philosophy and logic through reading classical texts and, on the other hand, the more general humanist ideal of the commentary as a comprehensive manual to as many aspects of the litterae humaniores as possible. The chapter discusses Chabot's life and the Expositio analytica and Praelectiones within the broader intellectual context in which he played his part. The distinction that Chabot takes as the theoretical starting point of his commentary is not new and had in fact already been formulated by someone like Rudolph Agricola working about a century before Chabot himself.

Keywords: classical texts; Expositio analytica; Horace; Pierre Gaultier Chabot; Praelectiones; Ramist orthodoxy; Rudolph Agricola



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