A Short History of Writing Instruction: From Ancient Greece by James J. Murphy

By James J. Murphy

Brief adequate to be synoptic, but lengthy adequate to be usefully specific, A brief heritage of Writing Instruction is the right textual content for undergraduate classes and graduate seminars in rhetoric and composition. It preserves the legacy of writing guide from antiquity to modern instances with a different specialize in the cloth, academic, and institutional context of the Western rhetorical culture. Its longitudinal strategy permits scholars to trace the recurrence through the years of not just particular instructing tools, but in addition significant matters resembling social objective, writing as energy, the impact of applied sciences, the increase of vernaculars, and writing as a strength for democratization.

The assortment is wealthy in scholarship and significant views, that's made obtainable during the strong record of pedagogical instruments incorporated, equivalent to the major suggestions indexed at first of every bankruptcy, and the thesaurus of keywords and Bibliography for additional examine supplied on the finish of the textual content. extra additions comprise elevated recognition to orthography, or the actual elements of the writing technique, new fabric on highschool guideline, sections on writing within the digital age, and elevated assurance of girls rhetoricians and writing guideline of girls. a brand new bankruptcy on writing guideline in overdue Medieval Europe used to be additionally further to enhance insurance of the center a while, fill the distance in scholars wisdom of the interval, and current tutorial tools that may be simply reproduced within the sleek school room.

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However, even after reporting these three observations, Didymus never commits himself to any particular view on the speech’s authenticity. Since he does in fact go on to comment on the speech, one might assume that he does not find in these three observations sufficient grounds for declaring the speech spurious. But it is even more likely that Didymus and the other commentators simply dealt with the Demosthenic corpus as it was passed down to them. In their eyes, a fourth-century text falsely attributed to Demosthenes was still a fourthcentury text worthy of study and commentary.

Didymus, as Harpocration informs us, had discussed the word oijkivsko~ with references to parallels from the comic poets Aristophanes and Metagenes (fragment 4 in Harpocration). 15. ” 16. See fragments 3, 9, 13, 18, 19, and 21. 21 Nothing can better demonstrate the continuing popularity and relevance of Demosthenes in the Byzantine period than the existence of these copious notes written in the margins of his texts. The scholia to an individual oration of Demosthenes typically open with a prologue that summarizes the contents of the oration, discusses its authenticity and date, and describes its organization using the traditional but flexible vocabulary of ancient and Byzantine rhetorical criticism.

Were intellectual histories not so constrained by the equally problematic periodizations of political history, Didymus might find a more congenial home—and one with as much or more textual evidence to recommend it—in a chapter on commentaries and lexica to classical Greek authors. The recurrence of his name in a wide variety of sources certainly leads one to suspect that no matter what classical Greek author an imperial-age scholar was researching, the published opinions of Didymus simply could not be ignored.

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