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ancient linguistics

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1. Linguistics arose in western antiquity from two rather different sources: philosophical debate on the origin and nature of language, and the practical requirements of...

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ancient scholarship

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Greek

In one sense of the term, scholarship began when literature became a central element of education and the prescribed texts had to be explained and interpreted to pupils in a...

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Annaeus Seneca, Lucius

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(RE 16)

writer on declamation, was born of equestrian family at Corduba (mod. Córdoba) in Spain about 50 bc. Of his life we know little; he was certainly in Rome ...

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Apollonius of Rhodes

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Apollonios Rhodios lived in Alexandria in the third and second centuries b.c.e. and eventually became head of the great library there. He wrote the story of the voyage of the Argonauts and...

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Aristophanes

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(c. 450–c. 385 bc),

Greek comic dramatist. His surviving plays are characterized by exuberant language and the satirization of leading contemporary figures.

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Aristotle

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(384–322bce). Greek philosopher

important in the early history of Western linguistics both for his general contributions to logic, rhetoric, and poetics and for a specific...

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Callimachus

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Of Cyrene, Greek poet and scholar. He flourished under Ptolemy 1 II (285–246bc) and continued into the reign of Ptolemy III. He was credited with more than 800 books, but, apart from six...

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Cicero

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(106–43 bc)

Roman statesman, orator, and writer. A supporter of Pompey against Julius Caesar, in the Philippics (43 bc) he attacked Mark Antony, who had him put to death. As an...

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Classical Scholarship

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[This entry includes five subentries: AntiquityByzantiumWestern Europe in the Middle Ages and the RenaissanceModern Classical ScholarshipHistory of the Study of Ancient Art and Architecture...

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Demetrius (17)

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The treatise ‘On Style’ (Περὶ ϵ̔ρνηνείας) is traditionally ascribed to Demetrius (3) of Phalerum. This is most unlikely to be right. The author probably belongs to the late Hellenistic or...

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