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APSINES

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Originally appearing in Volume V02, Page 232 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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APSINES of Gadara, a Greek rhetorician, who flourished during the 3rd century A.D. After studying at Smyrna, he taught at Athens, and gained such a reputation that he was raised to the consulship by the emperor Maximinus (235-238). He was the friend of Philostratus, the author of the Lives of the Sophists, who speaks of his wonderful memory and accuracy.. Two rhetorical treatises by him are extant: Thom pod!, a handbook of rhetoric greatly interpolated, a considerable portion being taken from the Rhetoric of Longinus; and a smaller work, Ilepi ngardvµEVwv i1-po3Xnuarwv, on Propositions main- tained figuratively. Editions by Bake, 1849; Spengel-Hammer in Rhetores Graeci, ii. (1894) : see also Hammer, De Apsine Rhetore (1876) ; Volkmann, Rhetorik der Griechen and Romer (1885).
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