"Copia Verborum: Synonymy, Amplification, Lists and Logorrhea"
"Catalogus Verborum: Catalogue, List and the Spilling-over of Learning"
The 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies Kalamazoo, MI, May 14-17, 2015
The word "copia" oscillates semantically between senses of "abundance, richness" and senses of "mastery, competence." Richness of expression, treasuries of words, mastery of vocabulary, amplification and ornamentation are fundamental concepts in rhetoric and poetics from late antiquity until the renaissance. Treatises on synonymy and word lists such as the ps.-Ciceronian "De Synonymis" were frequently copied.