Latin, literally "A Step to Parnassus," mountain sacred to Apollo and the Muses, title of a dictionary of prosody used in English public schools for centuries as a guide to Roman poetry. The book dates from the 1680s.
Young America forgets too often that the gradus ad parnassum is not only steep; it is long and rough.
His "gradus ad parnassum" became the parent of Etude literature.
gradus ad parnassum: a dictionary specially designed to aid pupils in writing Greek and Latin verses.
Fux, the well-known old theorist and composer, in Vienna, author of the "gradus ad parnassum."
He corrected the gradus ad parnassum; and was liberally rewarded by the company of stationers.
But what poet ever found a steep so difficult as that gradus ad parnassum to the seemingly dislocated donkey?
Halfway up this gradus ad parnassum we are forced to stop and take deep breath.
But the first two-thirds of the couplet has been rewritten with the aid of something like a gradus ad parnassum.