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Theophrastus' Characters

A New Introduction, 1st Edition

By Sonia Pertsinidis


112 pages

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This book presents an introduction to the Characters, a collection of thirty amusing descriptions of character types who lived in Athens in the fourth century BCE. The author of the work, Theophrastus, was Aristotle's colleague, his immediate successor and head of his philosophical school for thirty-five years. Pertsinidis' lively, original and scholarly monograph introduces Theophrastus as a Greek philosopher. It also outlines the remarkable influence of the Characters as a literary work and provides a detailed discussion of the work's purpose and its connection with comedy, ethics and rhetoric.

Table of Contents

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  1. Theophrastus: his life, works and character
  2. Before and after Theophrastus’ Characters
  3. The Characters as a comedy of manners
  4. Behaving badly: ethics and the Characters
  5. Style, delivery and the role of character in rhetoric
  6. Epilogue: conclusions and implications


About the Author

Sonia Pertsinidis a lecturer in Classics at The Australian National University.

About the Series

Routledge Focus on Classical Studies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Ancient / General