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Peter of Pisa

Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages

Pierre Riché

Peter of Pisa 


Peter of Pisa, an Italian deacon, was a grammarian famous in his time. He taught at Pavia where he had a discussion with a Jew. After the conquest of the Lombard kingdom (773–774), Charlemagne made him come to his court and asked him to teach him Latin. Peter became the friend of Alcuin, Angilbert and his compatriot Paul the Deacon. At the end of his life, like the latter, he returned to Italy where he died before 799.

He dedicated to Charlemagne a grammar inspired by Donatus's Ars minor. He wrote epistolary poems, some to Paul the Deacon to persuade him to settle at court, some to Charlemagne, which allowed him to pay homage to the king as builder of churches and father of his people. He thus enables us to know something of the relations between the scholars of the Carolingian court.


F. Brunhölzl, Histoire de la littérature latine au Moyen Âge, 1, 1, Turnhout, 1991, 12-14.Find this resource:

    C. Jeudy, “Pierre de Pise”, DLFMA, 1992, 1190.Find this resource:

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