The paper deals with the notion of Latinitas in the Latin grammatical tradition; after a short excursus about the prevalence of Latinus, instead of Romanus, to qualify the language spoken in Rome, the paper collect a number of witnesses about the beginning of the use of Latinitas (coined from Greek ἑλληνισμός), starting from the Rhetorica ad Herennium up to Cicero and Varro, who gives a definition of Latinitas and its criteria in a problematic fragment preserved by Charisius and Diomedes. In the Roman grammatical tradition we can observe two different meanings of this term: the first, found already in the Rhet. Her., qualifies the correct use of Latin language and is at the base of the treatises De Latinitate; the second, attested especially in late Latin grammarians, defines just the Latin language, even in relation to its grammatical rules.

Il concetto di Latinitas da Varrone ai grammatici latini

De Paolis, P.
2020-01-01

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The paper deals with the notion of Latinitas in the Latin grammatical tradition; after a short excursus about the prevalence of Latinus, instead of Romanus, to qualify the language spoken in Rome, the paper collect a number of witnesses about the beginning of the use of Latinitas (coined from Greek ἑλληνισμός), starting from the Rhetorica ad Herennium up to Cicero and Varro, who gives a definition of Latinitas and its criteria in a problematic fragment preserved by Charisius and Diomedes. In the Roman grammatical tradition we can observe two different meanings of this term: the first, found already in the Rhet. Her., qualifies the correct use of Latin language and is at the base of the treatises De Latinitate; the second, attested especially in late Latin grammarians, defines just the Latin language, even in relation to its grammatical rules.
Latinitas, Varrone, Grammatici latini
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