Definitions for gradus
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A handbook used as an aid in a difficult art or practice, specifically, a dictionary of Greek or Latin prosody used as a guide in writing of poetry in Greek or Latin.
Origin: From Gradus ad Parnassum (Latin, literally, a step to Parnassus), a 17th century prosody dictionary long used in British schools.
a dictionary of prosody, designed as an aid in writing Greek or Latin poetry
Origin: [From L. gradus ad Parnassum a step to Parnassus.]
Gradus ad Parnassum
The Latin phrase Gradus ad Parnassum means "Steps to Parnassus". It is sometimes shortened to Gradus. The name Parnassus was used to denote the loftiest part of a mountain range in central Greece, a few miles north of Delphi, of which the two summits, in Classical times, were called Tithorea and Lycoreia. In Greek mythology, one of the peaks was sacred to Apollo and the nine Muses, the inspiring deities of the arts, and the other to Dionysus. The phrase has often been used to refer to various books of instruction, or guides, in which gradual progress in literature, language instruction, music, or the arts in general, is sought.
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