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Headword: *peri/lecis
Adler number: pi,1196
Translated headword: circumlocution
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] periphrasis. It shows imperceptibly the number of parts rhetoric consists of; for first one must conceive, then explain that which was conceived; this is the remaining task of the discourse of explanation. And comprehension,[1] namely the perception and the art. For thus we define [it]; and with the art; as the rhetoric is the art of discoursing well upon problems.[2] And what [is] art? A system of trained comprehensions.[3]
Greek Original:
*peri/lecis: peri/frasis. lelhqo/tws de\ dei/knusin e)k po/swn sune/sthke r(htorei/a: dei= ga\r prw=ton noh=sai, ei)=ta e(rmhneu=sai to\ nohqe/n: o(/per e)sti\ loipo\n e)/rgon tou= th=s e)chgh/sews lo/gou. kai\ kata/lhyin, h)/goun th\n ai)/sqhsin kai\ th\n te/xnhn. ou(/tw ga\r o(rizo/meqa: ka)n th=| te/xnh|: oi(=on r(htorikh\ e)sti\ te/xnh tou= eu)= le/gein ta\ problh/mata. dia\ ti/ te/xnh; su/sthma e)gkatalh/yewn e)ggegumnasme/nwn.
This entry draws on the scholia to Aristophanes, Clouds 318 (where the headword occurs in the accusative case: web address 1).
[1] kappa 622 and kappa 623 (q.v.).
[2] LSJ s.v. pro/blhma A IV 4 (web address 2); also Aelius Theon, Progymnasmata 72.21-24; cf. pi 2340, pi 2342.
[3] This is a Stoic definition; read however e)k katalh/yewn instead of e)gkatalh/yewn; see Zeno fr.73 and Chrysippus frr.93-97; also in ps.-Zonaras s.v. te/xnh.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; philosophy; rhetoric
Translated by: Ioannis Doukas on 11 September 2007@18:14:06.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added cross-references) on 11 September 2007@22:24:40.
David Whitehead (another keyword; tweaks and cosmetics) on 12 September 2007@03:42:36.
Catharine Roth (typo) on 20 September 2013@23:43:28.
David Whitehead on 25 September 2013@08:04:39.
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