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Linguistics into Interpretation: Speeches of War in Herodotus VII 5 & 8-18
     

Linguistics into Interpretation: Speeches of War in Herodotus VII 5 & 8-18

by Johannes M. van Ophuijsen, Peter Stork
 

This volume is a sustained exercise in the genre of secondary literature which aims at explaining a literary work as much as possible in and through the author's own words.
A crucial passage in direct speech by different speakers from the History of Herodotus, the earliest long Greek prose text, has been made the object of a systematic effort to distill and

Overview

This volume is a sustained exercise in the genre of secondary literature which aims at explaining a literary work as much as possible in and through the author's own words.
A crucial passage in direct speech by different speakers from the History of Herodotus, the earliest long Greek prose text, has been made the object of a systematic effort to distill and analyse the linguistic characteristics relevant to its interpretation, by confronting it with the rest of the work as well as with earlier and contemporary writings.
This is done with the primary aim of placing the interpretation of a major author on the firmest ground available, the author's ipsissimi verba. The result, made accessible by full indexes, will prove helpful to readers of any part of Herodotus' History.

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From the Publisher
'…a superb book…All students of Herodotus’ language and style will benefit from van Ophuijsen and Stork’s painstaking work.'
John Marincola, Classical World.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004114555
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/26/1999
Series:
Mnemosyne, Supplements Series , #195
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.74(h) x 1.17(d)

Meet the Author

Johannes M. van Ophuijsen is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy in the American University of Beirut. He has published on ancient dialectic and linguistic theory. An essay on the linguistic articulation of arguments in Plato's Phaedo is in his co-authored Two Studies in Attic Particle Usage. (Lysias & Plato, 1993).
Peter Stork is Assistant Professor of Greek in Leiden University. His publications include The Aspectual Usage of the Dynamic Infinitive in Herodotus (1982) and, as co-author, Two Studies in the Semantics of the Verb in Classical Greek (1996).

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