Menander Rhetor, Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Menander Rhetor. Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Ars Rhetorica

LCL 539: viii-ix




This volume contains three third-century AD rhetorical treatises that provide instructions on how to compose occasional speeches. These writings form the bulk of epideictic theory and practice from antiquity.1 Two treatises areattributed to one Menander Rhetor of Laodicea, the other (incorrectly) to the early first-century AD historian and literary critic Dionysius of Halicarnassus, but which is actually much later. Its author is usually designated as Pseudo-Dionysius of Halicarnassus and abbreviated in this volume by [DH].

These treatises derive from the schools of rhetoric that flourished in the Roman Empire from the second through fourth centuries AD in the Greek East. They provide a window into the literary culture and social concerns of these Greeks under Roman rule, in both public and private life, and were of considerable influence on later pagan and Christian literature.2