Institutio Oratoria of Quintilian Volume 3

Institutio Oratoria of Quintilian Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...ancients we succeed merely in making ourselves unlike them. I will now proceed to the next subject for dis-35 cussion, which is, as I have said, that of tropes, or modes as the most distinguished Roman rhetoricians call them. Rules for their use are given by the teachers ): of literature as well. But I postponed the discussion of the subject when I was dealing with literary education, because it seemed to me that the theme would have greater importance if handled in connexion with the ornaments of oratory, and that it ought to be reserved for treatment on a larger scale. VI. By a trope is meant the artistic alteration of a word orphraseTrom "its "proper meaning to another. TnisTis a subject which has given rise to interminable disputes among the teachers of literature, who have quarrelled no less violently with the philosophers than among themselves over the problem of the genera and species into which tropes may be divided, their number and their correct classification. I propose to disregard such quibbles as in no wise 2 concern the training of an orator, and to proceed to discuss those tropes which are most necessary and meet with most general acceptance, contenting myself merely with noting the fact that some tropes are employed to help out our meaning and others to adorn our style, that some arise from words used properly and others from words used metaphorically, and that the changes involved concern not merely individual words, but also our thoughts and the structure of our sentences. In view of these facts 3 I regard those writers as mistaken who have held that tropes necessarily involved the substitution of word for word. And I do not ignore the fact that ignoro, in iisdem fere, qui significant gratia adhibentur, esse et...
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  • Paperback | 140 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 263g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236583477
  • 9781236583475