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Authors Pseudonyms in the Seventeenth Century: The Case of Gaspar Scioppio

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This chapter points out that among the reasons that have been given to explain the general use of the pseudonym, the fundamental one during the seventeenth century is to hide the real name unlike the work headed by the pseudonym. That is, the pseudonym is used when the author writes something that either the author or his readers consider unworthy of his abilities. The relevance of Gaspar Scioppio as a grammarian is evident if one takes into account his most important contributions in this field. Scioppio writes an introductory grammar (Rudimenta) that clarifies and dispels the chaos. It examines Scioppio's rational perception of grammar, which places him at the level of Sanctius and the reasoned grammar of Port Royal. This perception is the fundamental axis of his Grammatica philosophica. The grammar written for the use of teachers was published, not with his name, but using pseudonyms.

Keywords: Gaspar Scioppio; Grammatica philosophica; pseudonyms; Rudimenta; seventeenth century



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