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The epistles of Isocrates: A historical and grammatical *commentary


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This study begins with an examination of the authenticity of the nine letters of Isocrates. Literary, historical, and philological arguments are employed, and it is determined that there is not sufficient evidence to doubt their authenticity. Next, this study undertakes the relationship of the speeches and letters of Isocrates in relation to the tri-partite division of forensic, deliberative, and epideictic oratory. Such a traditional division, which divides speeches by their place of performance, their style, and their subject matter is insufficient and inadequate in describing the works of Isocrates, as he employs the high style of epideictic with the subject matter or deliberative, but delivered none of the speeches in person. The same difficulty in classifying his speeches exists with his letters. Instead, Isocrates takes as the subject of his letters those great political matters which concern the Greeks (uniting all Greeks and taking the field to defeat their common foe, the Persians, and the duties and responsibilities of good government), a deliberative theme, in the style of an epideictic speech, which would not have been delivered in person before an assembly or even before the court of one of the powerful personalities of his day, but in absentia.

Next, the study includes a text and critical apparatus of the nine letters derived from comparing earlier editions of the works of Isocrates. A literal translation follows directly after the text. Finally, there is a grammatical and historical commentary of each of the nine letters, arranged in chronological order.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Ancient languages;
Classical studies
Classification
0289: Ancient languages
0294: Classical studies
Identifier / keyword
Language, literature and linguistics; Commentary; Epistles; Greek; Isocrates; Letters
Title
The epistles of Isocrates: A historical and grammatical *commentary
Author
Garnjobst, Joseph Stewart
Number of pages
328
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0035
Source
DAI-A 67/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542794841
Advisor
Renehan, Robert
University/institution
University of California, Santa Barbara
University location
United States -- California
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3226262
ProQuest document ID
305348179
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305348179
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