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HERMOGENES

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Originally appearing in Volume V13, Page 371 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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HERMOGENES, of Tarsus, Greek rhetorician, surnamed 5uvr11p (the polisher), flourished in the reign of Marcus Aurelius (A.D. 16r-180). His precocious ability secured him a public appointment as teacher of his art while as yet he was only a boy; but at the age of twenty-five his faculties gave way, and he spent the remainder of his long life in a state of intellectual impotence. During his early years, however, he had composed a series of rhetorical treatises, which became popular text-books, and the subject of subsequent commentaries. Of his TEXvrf jinroptxif we still possess the sections Ilepi riov aravewv (on legal issues), Hepi evp&VEws (on the invention of arguments), IIepi t&wv (on the various kinds of style),Hept µeBo3ov 8etvorrlros (on the method of speaking effectively), and IIpoyvµvavµara rhetorical exercises). Editions by C. Walz (1832), and by L. Spengel (1854), in their Rhetores Graeci; bibliographical note on the commentaries in W. Christ, Geschichte der griechischen Literatur (1898).
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