Representative Essays On The Theory Of Style

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byWilliam Tenney Brewster

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...concionnm." 1 Quintilian, standing on the very same ground of professional prejudice, all in favour of public orators, yet is forced into the same sorrowful confession. In one of the Declamations ascribed to him he says, "Civitatum status scimus ab oratoribus esse converses ";2 and in illustration he adds the example of Athens: "sive illam Atheniensium civitatem (quandam late principem) intueri placeat, accisas ejus vires animadvertemus vitio eoncionantium" 3 Root and branch, Athens was laid prostrate by her wicked Radical orators; for Radical, in the elliptic phrase of modern politics, they were almost to a man; and in this feature above all others (a feature often scornfully exposed by Euripides) those technically known as ol eyovres, the speaking men, and as ol... the misleaders of the mob, offer a most suitable ancestry for the modern leaders of Radicalism,--that with their base, fawning flatteries of the people they mixed up the venom of vipers against their opponents and against the aristocracy of the land. "subtly to wheedle the people with honeyed words dressed to its palate ": this had been the ironical advice of the scoffing Aristophanes. That practice made the mob orator contemptible to manly tastes, rather than hateful. But the sacrifice of independence--the "pride which licks the dust"--is the readiest training for all uncharitableness and falsehood towards those who seem either rivals for the same base purposes, or open antagonists for nobler. And, accordingly, it is remarked by Euripides that these pestilent abusers of the popular confidence would bring a mischief upon Athens before they had finished, equally by their sycophancies to the mob and by their libels of foreign...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...concionnm." 1 Quintilian, standing on the very same ground of professional prejudice, all in favour of public o...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:108 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217987648

ISBN - 13:9780217987646

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