Between Grammar and Rhetoric: Dionysius of Halicarnassus on Language, Linguistics, and Literature

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BRILL, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 456 pages
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The Greek rhetorician Dionysius of Halicarnassus was active in Augustan Rome. For a long time, modern scholars have regarded him as a rather mediocre critic, whose works were only interesting because of the references to earlier scholars and the citations of literary fragments. By interpreting Dionysiusa (TM) views within the context of his rhetorical programme, this book shows that Dionysius was in fact an intelligent scholar, who combined theories and methods from various language disciplines and used them for his own practical purposes. His rhetorical writings not only inform us about the linguistic knowledge of intellectuals at the end of the first century BC, but also demonstrate the close connections between philology, technical grammar, philosophy, music studies and rhetoric.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Dionysius on the nature of language
49
Dionysius on the grammatical theory of the parts of speech
91
Dionysius use of the parts
167
Natura artis magistra Dionysius on natural style syntax and word
251
The initiation rites of style Dionysius on prose poetry and poetic
329
Rewriting the classics Dionysius and the method of metathesis
367
General conclusion
391
Sources
397
Index of Greek Terms
423
Index Locorum
429
General Index
447
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About the author (2008)

Casper C. de Jonge, Ph.D. (2006) in Classics, is a Lecturer in Ancient Greek Language and Literature at Leiden University. He was the first winner of the Vivien Law Prize in the History of Linguistic Ideas (2004).

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