Ars Ambrosiana

  • Latin
  • prose
Latin grammatical commentary of the seventh or eighth century, written in northern Italy (probably Bobbio), possibly but uncertainly by an Irish peregrinus. It is a commentary to Book 2 of the Ars maior of Donatus.
  • Latin
prose (primary)
Textual relationships
(Possible) sources: Ars maior (Donatus)Ars maior (Donatus)View incoming data
Related: Liber de verbo (BNF MS 7491)Liber de verbo (BNF MS 7491)

Anonymous grammatical treatise on the verb, probably composed in the 8th century and preserved in a single MS.



Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] Löfstedt, Bengt, Ars Ambrosiana: commentum anonymum in Donati partes maiores, Corpus Christianorum, Series Latina, 133C, Turnhout: Brepols, 1982.

Secondary sources (select)

Zetzel, James E. G. (ed.), Critics, compilers, and commentators: an introduction to Roman philology, 200 BCE-800 CE, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.  
Table of contents
List of abbreviations
Part I: A short history of Roman scholarship
Chapter 1: The face of learning
Chapter 2: The origins of Roman grammar
Chapter 3: Word and world: Varro and his contemporaries
Chapter 4: Past and present: from Caecilius Epirota to Valerius Probus
Chapter 5: Finding the right word
Chapter 6: Dictionaries, glossaries, encyclopedias
Chapter 7: Commentary and exegesis
Chapter 8: Grammar and grammarians
Chapter 9: Author, audience, text
Chapter 10: Dictionaries and encyclopedias
Chapter 11: Commentaries
Chapter 12: Grammars and other forms of erudition
Chapter 13: Early medieval grammars
List of works cited
Law, Vivien, The Insular Latin grammarians, Studies in Celtic History, 3, Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 1982.
Dennis Groenewegen
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September 2018, last updated: June 2023