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Matthias Pasor (1599–1658) by Steven van Lamsweerde, 1645 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Pasor, Matthias (1599–1658), linguist and philosopher, was born on 12 April 1599 at Herborn, Germany, the first son of Georg Pasor (1570–1637) and Apollonia Hendsch (d. 1614). His father was a philologist who became a professor at the universities of Herborn and of ...


Vinsauf, Geoffrey of [called Galfridus Anglicus] (fl. 1208–1213), poet and teacher of grammar and rhetoric, also called Anglicus, is best-known as the author of the Poetria nova ('The new poetics'), the single most successful textbook on rhetorical composition written during the middle ages. It is not known what his name means. What little is known about his life comes chiefly from the ...