Glossary Of Rhetorical Terms

The references are to the pages of this edition.

  • ἀγωνίζεσθαι, p. 104, to deliver an oration. But also in the sense of making a speech in the character of some definite person, cf. p. 202 τὸν δὲ Ἀρτάβαζον ἀγωνιζόμενος.
  • ἀκμή, p. 218, virility and brilliance. Pathos, energy, and splendour of diction combined produce the crowning moment of eloquence. But the word also means, less technically, the highest point touched either in eloquence of thought or diction, p. 120. The adjective ἀκμαῖος is applied, p. 84, to themes that call for intensity and pathos of expression.
  • ἀκρόασις passim, lesson in rhetoric, course in rhetoric. Cf. συνουσία and σπουδή used in Philostratus as synonyms.
  • ἀμφιβολία, p. 272, ambiguity, double entessndre. Hermocrates is praised for his ingenuity in the use of such ambiguities in “simulated” speeches, ἐσχηματισμέναι ὑποθέσεις, cf. Hermogenes, Περὶ δεινότητος 72.
  • ἀπαγγελία passim, style of delivery, mode of expression. A late word for style in general. So ἀπαγγέλλειν, deliver a speech. But it is technical also in the sense of announcing that a declamation is to be given.
  • ἀπέριττος, pp. 100, 278, simple, unaffected. The opposite of περιττός which, in later rhetoric, means both “affected” and “redundant,” though it can be a term of praise, “elaborate,” “highly-wrought.” The negative form is rare and is not in Ernesti.
  • ἀπόστασις, p. 30 and Letter 73. Separation of clauses. This is a difficult word to define briefly. It is a form of asyndeton which produces greater liveliness and swing. The new sentence is independent in structure and