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Demetrius (20)

Of Troezen (probably 1st cent. ad), wrote works on literary history. The only known title is that of his work on philosophers, Against the Sophists. Athenaeus 1. 29a;Diogenes ...


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Encyclopedia of Rhetoric

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...rhetoric .] The theory of the qualities or virtues of style ( virtutes elocutionis ) and their negative counterparts, the vices of style ( vitia ), is an important part of elocutio , which was developed by disciples of Aristotle ( 384–322 bce ) such as Theophrastus and Demetrius and taken over by Cicero ( 106–43 bce ) and Quintilian. The first virtue mentioned is purity or correctness of language ( latinitas ), which is to a large extent a question of grammar. It concerns the correct choice of words, as well as correctness in word formation and...