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Historical literary feedback has continually been a very inaccessible topic for the non-specialist scholar. This version offers for the 1st time the primary texts in translation, giving the reader an entire view of old literary feedback and its improvement. as well as famous texts akin to Aristotle's Poetics, Horace's Art of Poetry, and Longinus's On Sublimity, the ebook comprises entire types of Aristotle's Rhetoric e-book III, Demetrius's On Style, and Tacitus's Dialogue on Orators. Its shorter passages variety from Homer to Hermogenes of Tarsus, as well as choices from Plato, Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Cicero, the 2 Senecas, and Quintilian.

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2 EUR. (To Aeschylus) You drivel, sir. My prologues are elegantly written. AES. I won't now carp at your phrasing word by word, 'fore heaven no! but demolish, so help me god, your prologues with the aid of a litt'l old f1ask. 3 1200 EVR. My prologues? With a litt'l old flask? AES. A single one, for your style is such that the meanest things are in placea lit~'l old fleece, or flask, or shopping bag; they suit your iambic verse, as I'll prove on the spot. EUR. You'll prove it, will you? AES. Yes.

But state your views once more, you two, and tell us what means of saving the country you envisage. EUR. Suppose Kle6kritos were given the featherweight Kinesias for wings and blown to seaDIO. That sight would be a laugh, but what's the idea? EUR. Suppose a sea-fight and the pair with flasks 1440 of vinegar, showering it into our enemies' eyes! 1441 DIO. Well done, my Palamedes, a born genius you! 145 1 I Your own thought was it? Or Kephisophon's ? EUR. My own, barring the vinegar flasks. That's his.

Did not convey the undertones and the flat colloquial bathos of the diminutive in Greek. Hence' litt'l old flask'. ' What ever's the point of this litt'l old flask? Doggone it! 1210 Recite him another prologue, let's see once more. EUR. 'Dionysus, who with wands and fawn-skins dight among the pine-flares on Parnassus' wold leaps with the dancers ... ' AES. lost his litt'l old flask. DIO. Oh my! The flask has struck again and caught us! EUR. It won't matter at all, he won't be able to attach a flask to the prologue I've got here: 'There lives no man in all things fortunate; of noble nature is one, but wants his bread; another, ignoble ..

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