“Grammar takes its name from the written character, as the derivation of the word indicates. The definition of grammar is this: Grammar is the science which teaches us to explain the poets and historians; it is the art which qualifies us to write and speak correctly. Grammar is the source and foundation of the liberal arts. It should be taught in every Christian school, since the art of writing and speaking correctly is attained through it.” Rhabanus Maurus, “Education of the Clergy,” in The Great Tradition: Classic Readings on What It Means to Be An Educated Human Being, ed. Richard M. Gamble. Wilmington 2007, p. 251 [Emphasis added]
Rhabanus Maurus (c.776-856) lived in early medieval Germany. He became a monk, schoolmaster, priest, abbot, and archbishop of Mainz. Rhabanus was one of the main theologians and authors of the Carolingian Renaissance. In this work he sought to define and preserve the liberal arts as a basis for the proper education of priests and pastors.