Annales de Bretagne et des Pays de l'Ouest vol:111 issue:3 pages:147-161
Conference on Alcuin in Tours Tours, FRANCE, MAR 04-APR 06, 2004
Alcuins activity in the field of grammar lies at the heart of the Carolingian renewal of the liberal arts. With his ars grammatica (= Dialogus Saxonis et Franconis de octo partibus orationis) and his Excerptiones super Priscianum, Alcuin was instrumental in realizing the continuous transmission of Greco-Latin grammatical conceptions, adding to these an important philosophical dimension (reintegration of Aristotelian ideas, through the translation and commentary of Boethius). This article offers an analysis of the build-up of Alcuin's didactical discourse in the dialogue between Franco and Saxo, of the intertextual position of the text and of the characteristic features of Alcuin grammatical approach; finally, a short evaluation of the scientific and cultural significance of Alcuins grammatical work is given.