The Evolution of Greek Prose Style by Kenneth Dover

The Evolution of Greek Prose Style

byKenneth Dover

Hardcover | August 1, 1997

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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.

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Kenneth Dover is at University of St Andrews.

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Title:The Evolution of Greek Prose StyleFormat:HardcoverDimensions:220 pages, 8.43 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:August 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198140282

ISBN - 13:9780198140283

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`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