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Volume 6, 2008

Perspectives Latines et Byzantines

Kristina Mitalaité
Pages 31-49

Le grec et le savoir grec chez les Carolingiens

The knowledge of the Greek by the Carolingians was well studied by the modern scholars. This article focuses on the third generation of intellectuals from this period, on their attitude towards Greek language and the ways it was used in the classrooms. Despite the negative view of the Greek knowledge by some of his contemporaries, Sedulius Scottus appears to be an intellectual interested in the Greek thought that he collected from the different Latin sources like Macrobius, for instance. His awareness of the definition of the soul by Plato leads him to state some philosophical ideas as an active principle for the essence of beings and things.