Online Medieval Sources Bibliography

An Annotated Bibliography of Printed and Online Primary Sources for the Middle Ages

Source Details

Löfstedt, Bengt, ed., In Donati Artem Maiorem (Turnhout: Brepols (Corpus Christianorum Continuatio Mediaevalis XL, B))

Text name(s): Commentum in Maiorem Donatum Grammaticum; Commentary on the Ars Maior of Donatus

Number of pages of primary source text: 388


Dates: 848 - 859

Archival Reference: The codices consulted in the production of this edition are: London, British Museum Arundel 43, saec. XIII; Paris, BN Lat. 11995, saec. IX ex.

Original Language(s): 

  • Latin


  • Original language included.

Translation Comments: 

Geopolitical Region(s): 

  • Europe
  • France


Record Types: 

  • Commentary / Gloss / Exegesis

Subject Headings: 

  • Carolingians
  • Education / Universities
  • Grammar / Rhetoric
  • Classics / Humanism


  • Index
  • Introduction


Sedulius Scottus was an Irish scholar and teacher active in the Frankish intellectual circles of the mid-ninth century. Leaving his homeland because of escalating Viking incursions and welcomed by the Franks in Liège, Sedulius became a conspicuous figure in the so-called Carolingian Renaissance, and is now most well known for his Scriptural commentaries and grammatical works. His extensive commentary on the influential Ars Maior of the fourth-century Roman grammarian Aelius Donatus covers the topics of the elements of language (letters, syllables, etc.), the eight traditional partes orationis (parts of speech), barbarism and other vices of speech, and rhetorical devices. It demonstrates Sedulius’ vast erudition and provides insights into the state and concerns of learning for the third generation of Carolingians. This authoritative edition contains the complete commentary as well as indices of the references to Sacred Scripture, Christian and classical authors, and other grammarians and rhetoricians made in the text.

Introduction Summary: 

The brief introduction (7 pp.; in German) discusses the manuscript sources from which the editor is working and the past printed editions of Sedulius’ grammatical works.

Cataloger: WLL