Year of Publication
Master of Arts (MA)
Arts and Sciences
Classical Languages and Literature
Dr. Terence Tunberg
Marcus Antonius Muretus, the sixteenth century French and Italian Humanist orator and professor, employed, in his orations and, to a lesser degree, in his epistles, a system of metrical prose rhythm (numerus) consistent with Ciceronian practice. Muretus did not, however, seek to employ accentual prose rhythms (cursus) characteristic of medieval prose; nevertheless, such rhythms arose naturally in his work as a byproduct of metrical prose rhythm. These findings, confirmed by statistical analysis, are congruent with the assumption that Humanist authors preferred Ciceronian stylistics to those associated with the “middle ages,” in accord with the tripartite Humanist narrative of history, in which the Humanists usher in a Renaissance of learning and elegance lost by preceding centuries.
Krause, Miller Stanley, "PROSE RHYTHM IN THE ORATIONS AND EPISTLES OF MARCUS ANTONIUS MURETUS" (2009). University of Kentucky Master's Theses. 599.