PT.II. the Prose Writers, from Isocrates to Aristotle

PT.II. the Prose Writers, from Isocrates to Aristotle

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...which Isocrates criticises, and suggests topics for a better treatment. Both documents are extremely interesting, as they must have been to some ex ' It is observed by Blass that while Plato's school shows some afiinity with western Greeks, the pupils of Isocrates, if not Athenian, come from eastem or Asiatic Greece, and this he rightly ascribes to the decay of Hellenedom through the tyrants and advancing barbarians of Italy and Sicily; while in the East Hellenic culture was gradually becoming ascenrlant. Indeed, in another generation, Greek eloquence came to be called Asian, where the excess of omament marred the chastity of the speech of Attic orators. IIence probably the strong interest felt by Isocrates in Asiatic affairs. CH. VIII. THE HELEN OF ISOCRATES. _ 219 tent advertisements of what he' could perform, and of the principles on which he considered an encomium should be composed. As, however, he assumes (in the Bu: z'ri.v) the tone of an experienced sophist of high repute, in contrast to the recent claims of Polycrates, it is probably reasonable to date these speeches shortly before his great perforn1ance--the Panegyrim: -or about 390 B.C. The Helen is composed in rivalry to another Helen, every topic of which he professes to have avoided, while composing a better encomium. This general indication, together with the friendly tone of Isocrates towards his rival, has made many critics, old and new, regard the other extant Ifllen (p. 8o) to be the piece intended. The difficulty 01 ascribing it to Gorgias arises from the mention of that rhetor' in the present speech as a negative philosopher, in a way which at first sight seems to imply that he is not the author of the rival composition. The writer of the Greek...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
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  • English
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  • 1236787358
  • 9781236787354