The Evolution of Greek Prose Style

Hardcover | August 1, 1997

byKenneth Dover

not yet rated|write a review
The transmission of literature in writing began in the Greek world with poetry; the publication of laws and regulations came later, and prose literature last, about 500 BC. This book examines the stages by which prose was turned into the sophisticated art-form practised in the fourth centuryBC, in particular by Plato and Demosthenes. An attempt is made to determine the linguistic conventions which can reasonably be attributed, on the analogy of other cultures, to unwritten narrative and oratory. The extent to which `content' and `form' can be separated is considered, and thestylistic choices which constitute form are treated as determining the relationship (e.g. of authority or familiarity) between creator and receiver and the balance sought by the creator between innovation and deference to the receiver's expectations.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$176.02 online
$276.00 list price (save 36%)
Ships within 1-3 weeks
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

The transmission of literature in writing began in the Greek world with poetry; the publication of laws and regulations came later, and prose literature last, about 500 BC. This book examines the stages by which prose was turned into the sophisticated art-form practised in the fourth centuryBC, in particular by Plato and Demosthenes. ...

Kenneth Dover is at University of St Andrews.

other books by Kenneth Dover

Format:HardcoverDimensions:220 pages, 8.43 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:August 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198140282

ISBN - 13:9780198140283

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of The Evolution of Greek Prose Style

Reviews

Extra Content

Editorial Reviews

`this is a wonderful book, one that will be read and reread and consulted with profit for years to come. ... will both facilitate and encourage further research. The book itself is very well produced'Bryn Mawr Classical Review