Ancient and modern tools for the transmission of linguistic knowledge: the tradition of Latin grammar

Starting date
October 17, 2023
Duration (months)
Cultures and Civilizations
Managers or local contacts
De Paolis Paolo
latin philology, critical edition, latin language and literature, classical philology,history of linguistics, latin grammarians

Historical-cultural, philological and codicological investigation of Latin and Latin-Greek texts dealing with grammar, metrics and lexicography that are unpublished or only available in outdated editions, with the aim of producing printed editions and implementing the dedicated portals 'Nomenclator' and ‘Cadmus for the study of the ancient grammatical tradition’. It will be articulated as follows: (1) analysis of the forms of transmission of Latin grammars and their manuscript witnesses, and online cataloguing of Mss. of grammatical content produced before the end of the 11th Century; (2) preparation of critical editions, with translation and/or commentary, based on a full and direct exploration of the manuscript tradition and using the most suitable ecdotic methodology for each specific typology of text, with publication in print in the series ‘Collectanea Grammatica Latina’ (Bibl. Weidmann.) and online open-access publication of critical texts and apparatuses; (3) contributions to in-depth analysis and valorisation of the content, form and terminology of ancient grammatical and metrical doctrine, with particular regard to (a) their influence on the linguistic thought of the Middle Ages and the modern period; (b) a reappraisal of grammatical texts as sources for the knowledge of auctores lost in direct tradition, as well as the basis for publications of fragments; (c) the study of late antique school practices attested by Latin grammars; (4) setting up tools for Latin teaching based on a historical-linguistic perspective.

Project participants

Paolo De Paolis
Full Professor
Fatima El Matouni
Research Scholarship Holders
Research areas involved in the project
Lingua, letteratura e filologia greca e latina
Classics, ancient literature and art


Research facilities