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Aspects of the Language of Latin Prose$
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Tobias Reinhardt, Michael Lapidge, and J. N. Adams

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263327

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263327.001.0001

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Gregory of Tours and Poetry: Prose into Verse and Verse into Prose

Gregory of Tours and Poetry: Prose into Verse and Verse into Prose

(p.303) Gregory of Tours and Poetry: Prose into Verse and Verse into Prose
Aspects of the Language of Latin Prose

Danuta Shanzer

British Academy

This chapter first presents two representative nineteenth-century scholarly voices on the stylistic aspirations and achievements of the bishop of Tours. Before pursuing a new approach to Gregory’s reading, writing, and Sprachgefühl, it sets out some of the very real impediments to a study of his language and style. Gregory’s stylistic texture can be observed to change even from one sentence to another, sometimes obviously enough for one to suspect lost sources. The relationship of some of his prose to verse and verse to prose is explained. In addition, the importance of Gregory’s paraphrases is described.

Keywords:   Gregory, bishop of Tours, poetry, verse, prose, language, style

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