This book contains an introduction to the rhetorical theories put forward by the most important ancient Greek rhetoricians, followed by a modern English translation of the Latin version of their commentaries in Hermogenes' seminal work on stasis-theory, the basis for writing any sort of speech for a law-court or for public use. Rhetoric today is extremely important in public life, as any politician's speech-writer knows, and the work by Syrianus, Sopater and Marcellimus translated in this book remain the foundations on which all theories of public speaking are built. When Pedro Nunes translated the original texts, no doubt from the recently published Aldine text, he was lecturing to the brightest young law students in Lisbon in the 16th century. It is unique in that in Europe at that time all other works on rhetoric were based on Cicero and Quintilian. The modern English translation will be of great use for students, as it will give them access to the basic theories of speech-writing, well exemplified with plenty of apposite quotations from leading Greek orators, especially Demosthenes, and from major events in Greek history. This version contains the original Latin as well as the
John Martyn completed his education as a scholar at Cambridge, and in 1958 obtained a Lectureship in Classics at Melbourne University, the basis for his teaching and research. He served as a visiting professor at six Universities and lectured in England, Scotland, USA, Canada, France, Germany and Portugal. Meanwhile he published over 100 articles and 14 books, including several books with Mellen, most lately Henry Martyn: Scholar, and Missionary to India and Persia in 1999. He has just finished translating all the books of Gregory the Great's letters for upcoming publication.
Preface by Dr. Malcolm Heath; Introduction; Section One: Latin Transcription - Introduction - De Statibus; De Coniectura; De Finitione; De Absoluta; De Generibus Assumptivae; De Statu Negotiali; De Transumptione; De Statu Legali; De Scripto et Voluntate; De Contrariis Legibus; De Syllogismo; De Amphibolia; Section Two: English Translation - Introduction - On Stasis Theory; On Conjecture; On Definition; On Quality; On General Antistatic Terms; On the Pragmatic Issue; On the Demurrer; On a Legal Issue; On Letter and Intent; On Conflicting Laws; On Inference; On Ambiguity; Bibliography; Index of Names