Herren, Michael W., “Cicero redivivus apud scurras: some early medieval treatments of the great orator”, in: Nancy Deusen (ed.), Cicero refused to die: Ciceronian influence through the centuries, 4, Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2013. 1–4.

  • article in collection
Citation details
Cicero redivivus apud scurras: some early medieval treatments of the great orator”
Abstract (cited)
What this chapter offers on the life and doings of Cicero is mostly skurril, but one example does verge upon the scurrilous. Early medieval writers and even later ones read many of the authors of Latin antiquity without having an inkling of their lifetime or careers. An example presented in the chapter is not only scurrilous but also shocking. It comes from a collection of Priscian glosses found in a Freising manuscript of the ninth century. The last example involves a more refined treatment of Cicero by an author who may be regarded as exemplifying the older notion of a scurra, namely, "a fashionable city idler." It refers to Virgil the Grammarian, a refined Irish gentleman of the 7th century, whose writings combine the serious treatment of grammar with parody, verbal wit, and much that is perplexing.
Subjects and topics
History, society and culture
Entry reserved for but not yet available from the subject index.

See more
Virgilius Maro GrammaticusVirgilius Maro Grammaticus
(fl. c.7th century)
Scholar and author of two Latin grammatical treatises; often identified as an Irishman
See more
early medieval writers scurrilous
Dennis Groenewegen
Page created
October 2018