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

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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...

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

  • ISBN-13: 9789004114555
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/26/1999
  • 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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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Abbreviations & Bibliography
Conspectus Siglorum
Comparatio Hude-Rosen
Text & Translation of Herodotus VII 5 & 8-18
Speeches of War in Herodotus
Leading up to the first speech (1-5.1) 1
First speech of Mardonius (5.2-3) 2
Xerxes persuaded (6-8.1) 12
First speech of Xerxes (8) 13
Second speech of Mardonius (9) 50
First speech of Artabanus (10) 77
Second speech of Xerxes (11) 151
First speech of the Dream (12) 172
Third speech of Xerxes (13) 187
Second speech of the Dream (14) 197
Fourth speech of Xerxes (15) 203
Second speech of Artabanus (16) 215
Third speech of the Dream (17) 261
Fifth speech of Xerxes (18) 271
App Dionysius of Halicarnassus: De Demosthenis dictione 41 289
Index of Passages Cited 291
Index of Greek Words 311
Analytical Index 318
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