Canons of Style in the Antonine Age: Idea-Theory in Its Literary Context

Canons of Style in the Antonine Age: Idea-Theory in Its Literary Context

Canons of Style in the Antonine Age: Idea-Theory in Its Literary Context

Canons of Style in the Antonine Age: Idea-Theory in Its Literary Context

Synopsis

This is a study of the relationship between Greek prose literature of the Antonine Age in the second century AD (the Second Sophistic) and idea-theory, a type of literary stylistics best known from the Peri Ideon of Hermogenes of Tarsus. The author considers sophistic declamation, the relative value attributed to prose and poetry, attitudes towards Xenophon and Demosthenes, and the reputation of Aelius Aristides.

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This book is the final product of my doctoral dissertation, Technique and Innovation on Idea-Theory: Six Studies in the IdeaTheory of Hermogenes and Ps.-Aristides (Oxford, 1986), masterfully supervised by Professor D. A. Russell. There has been a change of emphasis, away from rhetorical technique (an area well covered by M. Patillon, in his study of Hermogenes which appeared in 1986), and toward the relationship between Hermogenes and contemporary literature. the reworking was largely carried out while I was a Junior Fellow at the Center of Hellenic Studies in the Fall of 1992, and I would like to thank the staff there for all forms of assistance. All along, I have been greatly assisted by the labours of Dr Doreen Innes, of St Hilda's College, Oxford. I would also like to acknowledge the help of Professors E. Asmis, E. Bakker, G. Kennedy, D. Obbink, D. Schenkeveld, E. Schütrumpf, R. Webb, and C. Wooten and Dr I. Sluiter. For those errors of fact and judgement that remain, the responsibility is mine alone.

I. R. July 1994 . . .

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