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Style (léxis), Ancient Theories of
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The ancient Greek study of style (léxis) emerged in the context of rhetorical teaching. Both orators and writers choose words and arrange them in order to communicate effectively. Starting from the assumption that a thought can be expressed in different ways, Greek rhetoricians developed a set of elaborate theories of style, which gradually achieved high levels of refinement. The third book of Aristotle’s Rhetoric set t…

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Casper C. de Jonge, “Style (léxis), Ancient Theories of”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 29 January 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000326>
First published online: 2013

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