The three literary letters: (Ep. ad Ammaeum I, Ep. ad Pompeium, Ep. ad Ammaeum II)

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University Press, 1901 - Greek literature - 232 pages
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Page 202 - Oratio autem, sicut corpus hominis, ea demum pulchra est, in qua non eminent venae nec ossa numerantur, sed temperatus ac bonus sanguis implet membra et exsurgit toris ipsosque nervos rubor tegit et decor commendat.
Page 101 - It is in the sea of figurative diction that it labors most of all, for it abounds in epithets and in ill-timed metonymies. It is harsh and loses sight of the point of contact in its metaphors. It affects long and frequent allegories devoid of measure and fitness. It revels with juvenile and unseasonable pride, in the most wearisome poetical figures, particularly those of...
Page 139 - The most obvious of his characteristics is the attempt to indicate as many things as possible in as few words as possible, to combine many ideas in one, and to leave the listener expecting to hear something more. The consequence is that brevity becomes obscurity.
Page 139 - ... best by his criticisms of the writings of Thucydides, particularly by those which are contained in the second letter to Ammaeus. These criticisms are almost without exception such as would be made by one who adhered to the Stoic theory of style. In the second chapter of the letter he enumerates the "instruments, so to say, of the style of Thucydides, — the artificial character of the vocabulary, the variety of the constructions, the roughness of the harmony, the speed of the narrative.
Page 135 - often adopts a figurative, obscure, archaic and strange diction, in place of that which was in common use and familiar to the men of his...
Page 192 - the enthymeme was used by the oldest commentators on Aristotle in the modern signification, as a syllogism of one suppressed premise." •• Jebb states: A misapprehension of Aristotle's meaning had, as early as the first century BC, led to the conception of the enthymeme as not merely a syllogism of a particular subject matter, but also a syllogism of which one premise is sup-pressed.
Page 192 - Aristotle meant a rhetorical syllogism : that is, a syllogism drawn, not from the premisses (iipxa') proper to any particular science — such, for instance, as medicine — but from propositions relating to contingent things in the sphere of human action, which are the common property of all discussion ; propositions which he classifies as general...
Page 23 - I am entranced and carried hither and thither, stirred now by one emotion, now by another. I feel distrust, anxiety, fear, disdain, hatred, pity, good-will, anger, jealousy. I am agitated by every passion in turn that can sway the human heart, and I am like those who are being initiated into wild mystic rites.
Page 101 - TO aa^ei) and makes it like unto darkness; it conveys the meaning in a prolix and circuitous way. When concise expression is needed it lapses into tasteless periphrases, displaying a wealth of words. Contemning the regular terms found in common use, it seeks after those that are newlycoined, strange or archaic (apxawwP7r5).
Page 99 - It may be well to close the discussion of this topic by referring to Dionysius' account of Plato's failure in his attempt to fuse the two styles. The account is given in the second chapter of the letter to Pompeius. He says in part: "The language of Plato as I have said before, aspires to unite two several styles, the elevated and the plain, (rov re.

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