Aelius Donatus (fl. 353)

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Roman grammarian; teacher of St. Jerome. He wrote a large and a small school grammar, Ars maior and Ars minor. The latter, written for young students, gives, by question and answer, elementary instruction in the eight parts of speech. It remained in use throughout the European Middle Ages, and its author's name in the forms donat and donet came to mean "grammar" or any kind of "lesson." The larger work, in three parts, deals with the elements of grammar, the eight parts of speech, and errors and beauties of language.

Donatus has little claim to originality, but no grammar is cited so often, and many commentaries were written on it.

Aelius Donatus is to be distinguished from Tiberius Claudius Donatus, probably late 4th century AD, author of the Interpretationes Vergilianae, a commentary on the Aeneid.
 
 

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