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The critical essays / Dionysius of Halicarnassus ; with an English translation by Stephen Usher.


Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1974-1985.
ISBN 0674995120, 0674995139

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Subjects Greek literature.
Literatura grega.
Series Loeb classical library ; 465.
Description 2 volumes ; 17 cm.
Copyright Date 1974-1985.
Notes English and Greek.
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Parallel Greek text and English translation.
Summary DIONYSIUS OF HALICARNASSUS migrated to Rome in 300 B.C., where he lived until his death some time after 8 B.C., writing his Roman Antiquities in twenty books and teaching the art of rhetoric and literary composition to a small group of upper-class Romans. His purpose, both in his own work and in his teaching, was to re-establish the classical Attic standards of purity, invention and taste in order to reassert the primacy of Greek as the literary language of the Mediterranean world. The essays in the present volume display the full range of Dionysius' critical expertise. In the treatise On Literary Composition, his finest and most original work, discussion of the effects produced by the arrangement of words involves minute analysis of phonetics and metre in addition to more general aspects of literary aesthetics such as the difference between poetry and prose, and the tripartite classification of the types of arrangement. The other four essays are on a less ambitious scale. The Dinarchus is primarily a study of authenticity in which Dionysius attempts to identify the genuine speeches of the latest Attic orator from the list of those ascribed to him by the librarians. The three literary letters are all concerned with possible models. In the Letter to Pompeius, Dionysius gives his reasons for criticizing Plato on stylistic and also moral grounds, and appends critiques of Herodotus, whom he greatly admired, and three other historians -- Xenophon, Philistus and Theopompus. Of the two Letters to Ammaeus, the second may be read as an appendix to the Thucydides, but the first concerns literary history, and investigates the question of whether Demosthenes could have learnt his oratorical skills from Aristotle's Rhetoric. Volume I contains the essays On the Ancient Orators, Lysias, Isocrates, Isaeus, Demosthenes, and Thucydides.
Contents v. 1. The ancient orators ; Lysias ; Isocrates ; Iseaus ; On the style of Demosthenes ; Thucydides -- volume 2. On literary composition ; Dinarchus ; First letter to Ammaeus ; Letter to Gnaeus Pompeius ; Second letter to Ammaeus.
Network Numbers (OCoLC)1134009
(OCoLC)ocm01134009
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WorldCat Identities Dionysius, of Halicarnassus.
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