gradus ad parnassum

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Gradus ad Parnassum
L., lit. "A Step to Parnassus," mountain sacred to Apollo and the Muses, title of a dictionary of prosody used in Eng. public schools for centuries as a guide to Roman poetry. First printed at Cologne, 1687; first London edition 1691.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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