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Bibil Identifier bibil:225802
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) The Chreia and Ancient Rhetoric
Title (English, ) Commentaries on Aphthonius's Progymnasmata
Author Hock, Ronald F.
Series Society of Biblical Literature. Writings from the Greco-Roman World (Volume: 31)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature TVA 3439/3
Place 875(082)Rheto
Department Grec
Publishing house Society of Biblical Literature
Place Atlanta
ISBN 978-1-58983-644-0
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages xii Pages
345 Pages
height in cm 23
Genre Original
Notes Translated with an Introduction and Notes.
Abstract This book provides the first translations in English and a preliminary analysis of the commentaries on the chreia chapter in Aphthonius’s standard Progymnasmata, a classroom guide on composition. The chreia, or anecdote, was a popular form that preserved the wisdom of philosophers, kings, generals, and sophists. Aphthonius used the chreia to provide instructions on how to construct an argument and to confirm the validity of the chreia by means of an eight-paragraph essay. His treatment of this classroom exercise, however, was so brief that commentators needed to clarify, explain, and supplement what he had written as well as to situate the chreia as preparation for the study of rhetoric—the kinds of public speeches and the parts of a speech. By means of these Byzantine commentaries, we can thus see more clearly how this important form and its confirmation were taught in classrooms for over a thousand years. (Editor's abstract)
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Genres and Forms : Chreia
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Literature - Philosophy : Rhetoric
Genres Edition (Original Text)
Modern Translation
Last modification 2017-10-27