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Theon and the history of the progymnasmata

Heath, M. (2002) Theon and the history of the progymnasmata. Greek Roman and Byzantine Studies, 43 (2). pp. 129-160. ISSN 0017-3916

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Abstract

This paper surveys the evidence for the technical literature on rhetorical progymnasmata. It concludes that the arguments for an early date for Theon’s Progymnasmata are inherently weak, and are inconsistent with the evidence for the text’s currency in late antiquity (especially the fact that it was translated into Armenian). Analysis of a dispute about the classification of Aelius Aristides On the Four in the fourth and fifth centuries shows that Theon and the Sopater whose Progymnasmata are quoted by John of Sardis are both likely to be teachers of rhetoric independently attested in fifth-century Alexandria. It is suggested that the pseudo-Hermogenean Progymnasmata are most likely to be the work of Minucianus; but this conjecture cannot be proved.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2002 GRBS. This is an author produced electronic version of an article accepted for publication in Greek Roman and Byzantine Studies.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of Humanities (Leeds) > Classics (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2005
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2014 20:56
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/396

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