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(ăl`frĭk), c.955–1020, English writer and Benedictine monk. He was the greatest English scholar during the revival of learning fostered by the Benedictine monasteries in the second half of the 10th cent. His aim was to educate the laity as well as the clergy. He wrote in English a series of saints' lives and homilies—designed for use as sermons by the preachers who were generally unable to read Latin. Ælfric was also the author of a grammar, a glossary, and a colloquy, which were for many years the standard texts for Latin study in English monasteries. Among his other writings are the Heptateuch, a free English version of the first seven books of the Bible. Ælfric is considered the chief prose stylist of the period. His later writings were strongly influenced by the balance, alliteration, and rhythm of Latin prose.


See Selected Homilies (ed. by H. Sweet, 1922) and the Heptateuch and Other Writings (ed. by Early English Text Society, 1922); study by J. Hurt (1972); bibliography by L. M. Reinsma (1987).

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16) The identification of the author as a scholar or a grammaticus (cf.
So not only are we rightly termed homo grammaticus by academics but also (and, sorry, I didn't study Latin) the species which endlessly loves stories.
His novel Saturday (2005) emphasizes the talent of the young, newly-published poet Daisy Perowne rather than the established fame of her grandfather and mentor, John Grammaticus.
The twelfth-century description of the Slavonic temple at Arkona on Rugen is also of interest (Saxo Grammaticus [1924]: 49ff.
Through the eight centuries from Saxo Grammaticus Gesta Danorum until the latest major national history synthesis, popularly named the Poli-Gylde, Polifken & Gyldendal's Danmarkshistorie (1992-1993, new edition 2002), runs a straight line of tradition of national history writing in Denmark.
in Allen: 3) The combination led to Latin grammaticus which somehow gained an 'r,' ending up in English, spelled variously, including the modern form: grammar.
97) Poliziano, following the most inclusive definition of grammar as transmitted by Quintilian and Suetonius, had made a point of calling himself a grammaticus in an elevated sense, distinguishing himself as a professor of the enkyklos paedeia, of universal learning, from teachers of the elementary disciplines whom he called grammatistae, literatores, and paedagogi.
Our primary access to early Danish material is through the Cesta Danorum of Saxo Grammaticus, which is not far removed in time from Snorri's work, dating from the beginning of the thirteenth century.
in especial, the promontory of Arcona, a seat of the most highly developed Slavonic pagan ritual: Saxo Grammaticus has conserved us full details.
His Russian teacher brings his students the Latin translation of the poem "The Love and Death of Hero and Leander" by the Greek poet Musaeus Grammaticus.
However, if I think of the Edda and of Saxo Grammaticus, of the Bible as an epic work, of Enkidu and Gilgamesh, of Homer; if I think of myth in its unsubstitutable function as symbolic explanation of the origins of a people, of discoveries, even of the world, then I do not see any contradiction with what I have just stated.
And finally, in a neat reversal of ancient swords acquired from burial mounds, the early thirteenth-century Danish scholar Saxo Grammaticus (one of those medieval sources that Shippey says Tolkien knew "better than most of their editors" [Road, xi]), relates several episodes where treasured blades are hidden in the ground by aged kings in order to deny their use to others (Grammaticus I, Bk 4, p 108, and Bk 7, p 220).