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MenanderA Rhetor in Context$
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Malcolm Heath

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199259205

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199259205.001.0001

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The Second Century: Transformation

The Second Century: Transformation

(p.3) 2 The Second Century: Transformation

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Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the innovations in rhetorical theory that occurred in the 2nd and early 3rd centuries AD, with reference to types of style (idea-theory) and to techniques of argument (stasis or issue-theory). The changing significance of issue-theory from Hermagoras of Temnos (2nd century BC) onwards is explained and illustrated. The evidence for the early stages of the transformation of the theory in the second century AD is reviewed, and the contributions of Zeno and Minucianus — the immediate predecessors of Hermogenes of Tarsus whose treatise On Issues was to become the standard textbook on the subject — are assesed. The subsequent formation of a rhetorical corpus, including other works falsely attributed to Hermogenes, is traced.

Keywords:   Hermagoras of Temnos, Zeno, Minucianus, Hermogenes of Tarsus, stasis, issue-theory, idea-theory

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