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Alan of Lille, Anticlaudianus, CA. 1182

Edited by Rita Copeland and Ineke Sluiter

in Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199653782
Published online March 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191803628 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199653782.003.0029
Alan of Lille, Anticlaudianus, CA. 1182

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This chapter discusses Anticlaudianus, a cosmological poem written by Alan of Lille around 1182. Taking its inspiration from the great cosmological writings of the twelfth century, including the Cosmographia of Bernardus Silvestris, Anticlaudianus deals with knowledge and perfection. It also offers lessons on poetics as well as grammar and rhetoric, not to mention philosophy. Anticlaudianus is considered by Ralph of Longchamps (ca. 1212) as a compendium of the liberal arts.

Keywords: grammar; Anticlaudianus; cosmological poem; Alan of Lille; knowledge; perfection; poetics; rhetoric; liberal arts

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies ; Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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