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The Rhetorical Exercises of Nikephoros Basilakes

Progymnasmata from Twelfth-Century Byzantium

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ISBN 9780674660243

Publication Date: 10/31/2016

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  • Introduction
    • Nikephoros Basilakes: Life, Career, and Writings
    • Progymnasmata and Rhetorical Education
    • Exercises Not Found in Basilakes’s Collection
    • Major Themes of Basilakes’s Progymnasmata
    • About This Text and Translation
    • Notes
  • Fables
    • Progymnasmata of Kyr Nikephoros Basilakes, the Notary
  • Narrations
    • 1. The Story of Thamyris
    • 2. The Story of Heracles
    • 3. The Story of Phaëthon
    • 4. A Story also told by Plutarch in the Parallel Lives
    • 5. The Story of Danaë
    • 6. The Story of Platanos
    • 7. The Story of the Sons of Aloeus
    • 7. The Story of Achilles
    • 9. The Story of Narcissus
    • 10. The Story of Polydorus
    • 11. The Story of Daedalus
    • 12. The Story of Pasiphaë
    • 13. The Story of Icarus
    • 14. The Story of the Fall of Troy
    • 15. The Story of Odysseus
    • 16. The Story of Myrrha
  • Maxims
    • 1. In doing good, consider that you are imitating God
    • 2. Kindness always gives birth to kindness
    • 3. This just penalty should come immediately to everyone, that whoever wishes to act outside of the laws should be killed, for then there would not be so much wrongdoing
  • Refutation
    • That the story of Atalanta is implausible
  • Confirmation
    • That the story of Atalanta is plausible
  • Encomium
  • Ethopoeiae
    • 1. What Joseph would say after being accused by the Egyptian woman and thrown into prison
    • 2. What Joseph would say after being released from prison, interpreting the dreams for the king, and being entrusted with the administration of all of Egypt
    • 3. What Samson would say when, as his hair begins to grow back, he is about to shake to the ground the house that is packed with Philistines drinking with Delilah
    • 4. What David would say when, being pursued by Saul, he is held captive by the Philistines and is about to be killed
    • 5. What David would say when, being pursued by Saul, he catches him unguarded and asleep in a cave
    • 6. What David would say when his son Absalom is pursuing him
    • 7. What Zacharias, the father of the Forerunner, would say after the Forerunner is born and he is freed from his inability to speak
    • 8. What the Theotokos would say when Christ transformed the water into wine for the wedding
    • 9. What the man blind from birth would say upon gaining his sight
    • 10. What Hades would say when Lazarus is raised from the dead on the fourth day
    • 11. What the slave of the high priest would say when his ear is cut off by Saint Peter and healed by Christ
    • 12. What the Theotokos would say when she embraces her son, God and the Savior Christ, when he is being prepared for burial
    • 13. What Saint Peter would say when, after striking down Simon who was raised up into the air, he is about to be crucified upside down by Nero
    • 14. What Atalanta would say when she is being led away into marriage after falling short of Hippomenes in swiftness through the trick of the golden apples
    • 15. What Heracles would say when he receives the oracle from Zeus that he will be killed by a dead man
    • 16. What Ajax would say when he sees Odysseus in the flesh in Hades
    • 17. What Danaë would say after she lost her virginity to Zeus, who had transformed himself into gold
    • 18. What Zeus would say after seeing Io turned into a cow
    • 19. What Heracles would say while serving as a slave to Omphale
    • 20. What a sailor would say after seeing Icarus flying high, but Daedalus skimming the sea with the tips of his wings
    • 21. What Xerxes’s pilot would say while being crowned and at the same time executed
    • 22. What Love would say when he sees the woodcutter attempting to chop down Myrrha while she was still pregnant with Adonis
    • 23. What Adrastus would say after the Thebans were victorious but did not allow the fallen Argives to be buried
    • 24. What Ismenias the aulos player would say when he is forced by Alexander to provide musical accompaniment for the destruction of Thebes
    • 25. What Pasiphaë would say after falling in love with a bull
    • 26. What a gardener would say when, after tending his garden and transplanting a cypress tree in the hope that it would bear fruit, he was disappointed in his hopes
    • 27. What the girl from Edessa would say after being deceived by the Goth
  • Abbreviations
  • Note on the Text
  • Notes to the Text
  • Notes to the Translation
  • Concordance of Exercise Numbers
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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