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Style (léxis), Ancient Theories of

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Author(s): Casper C. de Jonge
Abstract 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 the scene for systematic studies of style in Hellenistic and Imperial rhetoric, philology and philosophy. Among the most influential …
Date: 2013-11-01

Rhetorical Tradition in Ancient Linguistics

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Author(s): Casper C. de Jonge
Abstract Ancient linguistics was not confined to one discipline. Greek and Roman ideas on language were developed and employed in such diverse disciplines as philosophy, philology, technical grammar and rhetoric. The connections between these intellectual disciplines were strong. Rhetoricians made effective use of theories that were developed in the context of grammar, especially in the study of stylistic expression. In Greek rhetorical theory, correctness of language was regarded as an essential…
Date: 2013-11-01