Priscian’s Institutiones grammaticae is a systematic exposition of Latin grammar. Among the writings of George of Trebizond (Georgius Trapezuntius, 1395–ca. 1474) there is a grammar entitled Departibus orationis ex Prisciano compendium, a grammatical catechism written in Venice in the early 1430s. The primary aim of the present paper is to analyse Trebizond’s procedure in “condensing” Priscian, and to give a comparison of the Institutiones grammaticae with the De partibus orationis ex Prisciano compendium.
The detailed treatment of the Latin supine has been neglected both in
scholarly literature and in language teaching, even though it is a very ancient
form that has survived in an interesting way and was used even in late Latin.
The fact that the Latin supine has a parallel in Sanskrit deserves attention.
In this study I demonstrate that Priscian projected the Latin usage of his own
time back to classical Latin, which fact was nevertheless not detrimental to