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Invention and Method: Two Rhetorical Treatises from the Hermogenic Corpus (Writings from the Greco-Roman World)

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This volume contains the Greek text, textual apparatus, and first published English translation of two treatises on rhetoric, with introductory material and notes. Once attributed to Hermogenes of Tarsus, these treatises are now believed to be by unknown authors writing in the second or third century C.E. or later. The first treatise, entitled On Invention, is a handbook for students providing formulas to aid them in the composition of declamations on assigned themes. The second treatise, On the Method of Forcefulness, discusses prose style with special attention to figures of speech. Extensive notes interpret the often-difficult content and relate it to other writing on rhetoric. The Greek text is that of Hugo Rabe (1913).

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Studio: Brill Academic Publishers
Pages   291
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.6" Width: 6.3" Height: 1"
Weight:   1.45 lbs.
Binding  Library Binding
Release Date   Dec 31, 2005
Publisher   Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN  9004130721  
ISBN13  9789004130722  

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Two minor works in the late antique history of rhetoric translated  Aug 3, 2006
Greco-Roman rhetoric was taught to students as consisting of five parts that provide a series of steps in composing a speech. The first of these parts is known in Greek as Huresis or invention, literally finding, and listed a series of topics, with examples, that could suggest things to be said in the exposition of the subject and in support of the argument. Invention differs somewhat in each part of the speech. This treatise discusses three parts of a typical judicial or deliberative speech: the introduction, and proof. There is no explicit discussion of epilogues. The fourth book of On Invention is largely devoted to matters of style and composition. It is throughout an unusual work, differing considerably from other discussions of rhetoric both in its teaching and in its terminology.
The second treatise translated here as On Method of Forceful Speaking continues the originality of On Invention and is included because it addresses topics neglected in the first treatise. The work is by a different author and has its own distinctive terminology. There are some similarities to the Pseudo-Dionysius' art of rhetoric. The author shows no awareness of Aristotle's discussion of style or of other classic rhetoricians. There is some attempted systematization.

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