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CHAPTER FOUR The Attic Orators

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Grammarians working in the Library in Alexandria in the third century B.C. began the process of establishing acanōn, or “standard of measure,” of the best authors in each of the poetic genres. Canons of prose writers were later added, confined to what were regarded as the three genres of literary prose: oratory, historiography, and philosophy.¹ These canons then determined the texts read in schools and the classic  Read more...
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ISBN: 9780691000596 069100059X 9781400821471
Publication:KENNEDY, GEORGE A.; A New History of Classical Rhetoric; 64; PRINCETON; NEW JERSEY : Princeton University Press, 2009
Language Note: English
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Grammarians working in the Library in Alexandria in the third century B.C. began the process of establishing acanōn, or “standard of measure,” of the best authors in each of the poetic genres. Canons of prose writers were later added, confined to what were regarded as the three genres of literary prose: oratory, historiography, and philosophy.¹ These canons then determined the texts read in schools and the classic models for literary imitation. According to later tradition the canon of the ten Attic orators, that is, the ten best examples of orators writing in Athens in the late fifth and in

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