[Dionysius of Halicarnassus], Ars Rhetorica

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INTRODUCTION

INTRODUCTION

The same tenth-century manuscript (Parisinus Graecus 1741) that contains the two treatises of Menander Rhetor includes eleven chapters (incorrectly) attributed to Dionysius of Halicarnassus, the early first-century AD author of Roman Antiquities and various literary studies.1 Of these eleven chapters, the first seven are addressed to one Echecrates and provide instructions on composing selected epideictic speeches to be delivered on specific occasions: 1.panegyrics praising a public festival, 2.wedding speeches, 3.birthday speeches, 4.epithalamia, 5.addresses to arriving governors, 6.funeral speeches, and 7.exhortations to athletes. Five of these chapters treat similar occasions as those in M.’s second treatise: wedding speeches (M.2.6), epithalamia (M.2.5), birthday speeches (M.2.7), addresses to arriving magistrates (M.2.2), and funeral speeches (M.2.8, 2.10, and 2.15). Only panegyrics (1) and exhortations to athletes (7) are unique to the Ars.

These seven chapters are in all likelihood of the same period as Menander’s treatises. First of all, the mention of

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.dionysius_halicarnassus-ars_rhetorica.2019