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I 'Disticha Catonis' di Catenaccio da Anagni. Testo in volgare laziale (secc. XIII ex. - XIV in.)

The Disticha Catonis by Catenaccio of Anagni. A text in vernacular from Latium (late 13th - early 14th century)

Paola Paradisi
15 September 2005
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The Disticha Catonis is a collection of maxims in Latin which probably dates back to the 3rd century and had an immense success during the Middle Ages. Since its concise style favoured mnemonic assimilation, this work was largely used in the Medieval schools both as a grammatical and a moral text. As such, it was translated in various places in Europe, among which the Italian areas. One of these “Italian” versions is the translation in the vernacular spoken in Latium provided by Catenaccio between the end of the 13th and the beginning of the 14th century.

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