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Figures (skhḗmata), Ancient Theories of
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The present article contains a brief history of the ancient understanding of figures in language. The ancient Greek term skhêma, ‘figure’, appears in two closely interwoven and interacting, but nonetheless separate, discourses: grammar and rhetoric. Both discourses developed the word ‘figure’ as a technical term: in the discourse of grammar, the word refers to a phonological, …

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Anna Novokhatko, “Figures (skhḗmata), Ancient Theories of”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 20 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000131>
First published online: 2013

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