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Goethe's nice love for the traditional classics as soon as caused him to jot down ("Gesprliche mit Eckerman," April 1, 1827), "Man studiere nicht die Mitgeborenen und Mitstrebenden, sondern grosse Menschen der Vorzeit, deren Werke seit Jahrhunderten gleichen Wert und gleiches Ansehen behalten haben . . . guy studiere Moliere, guy studiere Shakespeare, aber vor allen Dingen die alten Griechen und immer die alten Griechen. " a person analyzing the background of Western principles has discovered this assertion to turn out eminently precise: one needs to learn chiefly others the traditional Greeks. This e-book, by way of its examine of the Greeks and others, seeks to fill in a small manner the massive hole which has got within the historical past of rhetoric within the jap Mediterranean quarter: the rhetoric (formal spoken discourse) of the court docket, road nook, lecture room, and legislative corridor. students have lengthy investigated, and with substantial good fortune, the figures and routine in Rome and Athens till Con stantine, or perhaps later, yet for a few cause they've got missed the function and influence of oratory in so much Asian and North African facilities (Antioch excepted). If this monograph supplies outlines of its job in Greco-Roman Alexandria to nearly A. D. four hundred and inspire additional scholarship in Pergamum, Tarsus, and in other places, it is going to have fulfilled its objective. even as, it isn't meant as a historical past of town, nor an fiscal, political, or spiritual account of its existence.

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