Excerptiones de Prisciano

June 2002
422 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Anglo-Saxon Texts
ISBN: 9780859916356
Format: Hardback

Excerptiones de Prisciano

The Source for Ælfric's Latin-Old English Grammar

Edited by David W. Porter

First edition of 10th-century compendium of grammatical lore, second only in importance to Ælfric's own Grammar.
When the famous Anglo-Saxon scholar Ælfric wrote the first grammar in a European vernacular, he used as his direct source the Excerptiones de Prisciano excerpts from major curriculum authors of the medieval schools, including Donatus, Isidore and Priscian himself . The tenth-century text, probably of English origin, most probably compiled by Ælfric, is an ambitious compendium of grammatical lore, and it is, with the exception of Ælfric's own Grammar, arguably the most sophisticated Latin-learning text of the Anglo-Saxon age. Edited here for the first time,the Excerptiones appear with all scholia, an English translation, and a full contextual introduction.

DAVID W. PORTER is Professor of English, Southern University, Baton Rouge.


A major event in Anglo-Saxon studies... An immensely valuable edition. There is much important material in the account of early medieval grammatical studies in the introduction... A remarkable triumph, and the edition will add enormously to the accessibility of early medieval grammatical studies. MEDIUM AEVUM

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