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Хермоген от Тарс и формирането на византийската канонична реторика
Hermogens of Tarsus and The Developing of Byzantine Rhetorical Canon

Author(s): Gerasim Petrinski
Subject(s): Philosophy of Middle Ages
Published by: Издателство »Изток-Запад«
Keywords: Byzantine rhetoric; rhetorical exercises; Hermogenes; rhetorical education

Summary/Abstract: In the second century AD relativism and syncretism are being replaced by complete religious and philosophical movements with their own canonical texts. These movements “fight for orthodoxy” against internal and external enemies. This tendency is apparent mostly inside the Neoplatonic and Christian circles, but can be applied also to more specified branches of knowledge – jurisprudence (with the Theodosian and Justinian codes), grammar, and lexicology. Rhetoric does not make an exception. Between 2nd and 5th centuries rhetorical education is being limited to five treatises on argumentation, stylistic, disposition and progymnasmata (rhetorical exercises) – these treatises belong to Hermogenes of Tarsus and Aphthonius. The purpose of this study is to present the main concepts of the Hermogenian works “Onstaseis”, “On types of Style”, “On Method”, “On Invention”.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 20
  • Page Range: 73-115
  • Page Count: 43
  • Language: Greek, Ancient (to 1453), Bulgarian