Originally published in 1939, this book addresses the literary treatises written by Greek historian and rhetorician Dionysius of Halicarnassus. Bonner studies the scholar's devotion to the imitation and detailed analysis of the finest Greek examples, and the hierarchical system in which Dionysius installs them. This book will be of use to anyone with an interest in ancient rhetoric.
Preface; 1. The critic, his environment and equipment; 2. The order of composition of the Scripta rhetorica; 3. The earlier essays - on imitation, on Lysias, on Isocrates, and on Isaeus; 4. The essays of the middle period - the first letter to Ammaeus, on Demosthenes, on literary composition, and the letter to Pompeius; 5. The later essays - on Thucydides, and the second letter to Ammaeus; 6. Conclusions; Bibliography; Index.