Bracken, Damian






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Bracken, Damian, “Virgil the Grammarian and Bede: a preliminary study”, Anglo-Saxon England 35 (2006): 7–21.

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“Virgil the Grammarian and Bede: a preliminary study”
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35
Pages
7–21
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The chapters in Bede's De temporum ratione begin with an etymology for the name of the subject to be examined. Sources and analogues for some have not hitherto been identified. This article shows that some of these etymologies of words for the divisions of time come ultimately, though perhaps not directly, from bk XI of Virgil the Grammarian's Epitomae. These accounts of the origins of calendrical and cosmological terms wound their way through early western computistical works and eventually into Bede's De temporum ratione. The article identifies examples of Virgil's influence on anonymous early medieval biblical commentaries and discusses their significance as pointers towards their place of composition.
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History, society and culture
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BedeBede (d. 735) – English monk at Monkwearmouth-Jarrow; author of the Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum and works on various religious and theological subjects.
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Virgilius Maro GrammaticusVirgilius Maro Grammaticus (fl. c. 7th century) – Scholar and author of two Latin grammatical treatises; often identified as an Irishman
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C. A.,Dennis Groenewegen