Some Figurative Uses of "Venire" and "Ire". James Raider Mood
Ages-classics being represented by grammar in the classical and mediaeval sense of "the art of explaining poets and historians," science by the scholastic logic and the Arabian Aristotle, and the practical business course by medicine, Roman law, and especially the ars dictaminis, or training in letter writing and the art of drawing up documents. The mediaeval Renaissance, whose fruits were the schools of Chartres and Orleans and the humanism of John of Salisbury, did not find acceptance in the
... acceptance in the great universities of the thirteenth century, where the scholastic philosophy absorbed all interest not devoted to the professions. The plaints of the humanists and the strangely modern satire of the old French poem on the Battle of the Seven Liberal Arts were as powerless to check the tendency as is the wail of the twentieth-century Greek professor today. The up-to-date student disdained the discipline of grammar and the culture of the "authors," and "logic," the scientific philosophy of the day, confirmed him in his attitude-Soothed him up with lofty talk And bore him up on high, And ere that he had learnt to walk Would teach him how to fly. In the century preceding Petrarch, the study of language and literature was at its very lowest ebb, and the brilliance of this morning star of the Renaissance is largely due to the fact "that it happened to be darkest just before the dawn." I am not sure that Dr. Paetow's theses are absolutely new. But I have already found his collections of facts not readily available elsewhere extremely useful, and expect to have occasion to use them again. A helpful bibliography is appended. PAUL SHOREY Some Figurative Uses of "Venire" and "Ire." By JAMES RAIDER MOOD. Johns Hopkins dissertation. Baltimore: J. H. Furst Company, 1907. Pp. viii+47. The author has divided his subject into three chapters. Chap. i, "With Case," deals with types like ad (in) spem venire (ire); chap. ii, "With predicate Nominative or Accusative," comitem venire (ire), leve (levius) venire (ire), obortum venire (ire), exoriens venire, dolendum venire; chap. iii, "With Inanimate Subjects Thereby Personified," discusses types like fatum veniens (venturum, etc.). Throughout, the prose examples are separated from the poetical. In the conclusion the author summarizes his results, commenting on the range, growth, and meaning of the various usages. The period covered extends from Plautus to the end of the second century A.D. The author realizes that the more promising field is the period lying This content downloaded from 130.126.