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Chapter 7 - Linguistic Naturalism and Natural Style

From Varro and Cicero to Dionysius of Halicarnassus

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 June 2019

Giuseppe Pezzini
Affiliation:
University of St Andrews, Scotland
Barnaby Taylor
Affiliation:
University of Oxford
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The Greek rhetorician and historian Dionysius of Halicarnassus was active in Rome at the end of the first century BC.2 His extant works include a history of early Rome, critical letters, and rhetorical treatises with a focus on style: On Composition, On Imitation, On Thucydides, and On the Ancient Orators, including separate essays on Lysias, Isocrates, Isaeus, and Demosthenes. Engaged as he was in the oratory, history, and poetry of the classical Greek past, Dionysius himself lived in the Golden Age of Latin Literature. Born before 55 BC, he was a contemporary of Virgil and Horace. When Dionysius arrived in Rome in 30 BC, Marcus Tullius Cicero (106–43 BC) had been dead for more than a decade, but Marcus Terentius Varro (116–27 BC) was still alive.

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