The Evolution of Greek Prose Style

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Overview

Greek prose literature evolved much later than poetry, and rapidly became a sophisticated art-form. The book examines how this evolution progressed, from about 500 BC down to the time of Plato and Demosthenes. Stylistic choice is treated from the point of view of the relations between speaker and hearer and the balance between innovation and the hearer's expectations.

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Examines how the last literary form to develop in ancient Greece evolved into a sophisticated art during the fourth century B.C., especially in the hands of Plato and Demosthenes. Investigates linguistic conventions that can be attributed to unwritten narratives and oratory, the extent to which content and form can be separated, stylistic choices as they determine the relationship between the creator and receiver, and the balance between innovation and deference to the receiver's expectations. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198140283
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Bibliography and Abbreviations
1 Form and Content 1
2 Units of Utterance 26
3 Quantification 41
4 Speeches, Stories, and Talk 57
5 Time and Place 79
6 Special Languages 96
7 Variety 131
8 Rhythm 160
Appendix Poetry and Prose: Ancient Terminology 182
Addenda 187
Indexes 189
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