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Dionysius Of Halycarnassus, Letter To Pompeius Geminus, 4.4
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1. Thucydides, The History of The Peloponnesian War, 1.22.4 (5th cent. BCE - 4th cent. BCE)

1.22.4. The absence of romance in my history will, I fear, detract somewhat from its interest; but if it be judged useful by those inquirers who desire an exact knowledge of the past as an aid to the interpretation of the future, which in the course of human things must resemble if it does not reflect it, I shall be content. In fine, I have written my work, not as an essay which is to win the applause of the moment, but as a possession for all time.
2. Dionysius of Halycarnassus, Letter To Pompeius Geminus, 4.1-4.3 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

3. Dio Chrysostom, Orations, 18.10, 18.14 (1st cent. CE

18.10.  As for Herodotus, if you ever want real enjoyment, you will read him when quite at your ease, for the easy-going manner and charm of his narrative will give the impression that his work deals with stories rather than with actual history. But among the foremost historians I place Thucydides, and among those of second rank Theopompus; for not only is there a rhetorical quality in the narrative portion of his speeches, but he is not without eloquence nor negligent in expression, and the slovenliness of his diction is not so bad as to offend you. As for Ephorus, while he hands down to us a great deal of information about events, yet the tediousness and carelessness of his narrative style would not suit your purpose. 18.14.  But it is my own opinion that Xenophon, and he alone of the ancients, can satisfy all the requirements of a man in public life. Whether one is commanding an army in time of war, or is guiding the affairs of a state, or is addressing a popular assembly or a senate, or even if he were addressing a court of law and desired, not as a professional master of eloquence merely, but as a statesman or a royal prince, to utter sentiments appropriate to such a character at the bar of justice, the best exemplar of all, it seems to me, and the most profitable for all these purposes is Xenophon. For not only are his ideas clear and simple and easy for everyone to grasp, but the character of his narrative style is attractive, pleasing, and convincing, being in a high degree true to life in the representation of character, with much charm also and effectiveness, so that his power suggests not cleverness but actual wizardry.


Subjects of this text:

subject book bibliographic info
beauty, of language Konig and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 340; König and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 340
dio chrysostom, on training for public speaking Konig and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 340, 341; König and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 340, 341
dionysius of halicarnassus, on imitation Konig and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 340, 341; König and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 340, 341
grandeur (of language) Konig and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 340; König and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 340
herodotus Konig and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 340, 341; König and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 340, 341
philistus Konig and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 340; König and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 340
prose style Konig and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 340, 341; König and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 340, 341
reading lists Konig and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 340, 341; König and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 340, 341
rhetoric Konig and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 340, 341; König and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 340, 341
sublimity' König and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 340
sublimity Konig and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 340
theopompus Konig and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 340, 341; König and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 340, 341
xenophon Konig and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 340, 341; König and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 340, 341