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λόγων ἀφορία -> dearth of literature
« on: 10 Sep, 2019, 01:26:12 »
λόγων ἀφορία -> dearth of literature, sterilitas orationum ("Longinus," On the Sublime 44.2)
The author reports a suggestion that it is democracy that produces true talent and the “sublime” style.  Without democracy (goes that argument), there is a λόγων ἀφορία (44.2 “dearth of literature”), for without democracy life is corrupt. 

https://books.google.gr/books?id=wog-AAAAcAAJ&pg=RA1-PA249&lpg=RA1-PA249&dq=%22%CE%BB%CF%8C%CE%B3%CF%89%CE%BD+%E1%BC%80%CF%86%CE%BF%CF%81%CE%AF%CE%B1%22&source=bl&ots=iNKd4ym0fA&sig=ACfU3U1DUdzzkLMPY9zR6buRKW390LSa_Q&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjP3erS48TkAhURzqQKHSXaCdwQ6AEwAHoECAEQAQ#v=onepage&q=%22%CE%BB%CF%8C%CE%B3%CF%89%CE%BD%20%E1%BC%80%CF%86%CE%BF%CF%81%CE%AF%CE%B1%22&f=false
« Last Edit: 10 Sep, 2019, 01:48:59 by billberg23 »


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λόγων ἀφορία -> dearth of literature
« Reply #1 on: 10 Sep, 2019, 01:58:01 »
When we first pick up De sublimitate, we assume that the author's use of the word for "word" (logos) will pertain exclusively to rhetoric, to the great orators.  Yet, though he does mention e.g. Demosthenes and Lysias, most of his examples are from people like Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Plato, etc., all non-orators.  So translators tend to use "literature" rather than "orations" to render logoi in "Longinus."
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