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The Fossilized Meaning of Chreia as Anecdote
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Romance Studies and Classics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3983-9132
2019 (English)In: Mnemosyne (Lugduni Batavorum. Print), ISSN 0026-7074, E-ISSN 1568-525X, Vol. 72, no 2, p. 197-228Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The Hellenistic and early Imperial evidence of χρεία (chreia) in the sense of anecdote is summarized with the aim of completeness. The special rhetorical sense of this common Greek word is discussed, and a new explanation of the semantic derivation is offered: it is suggested that the sense of anecdote derives from the earlier sense of dealings rather than utility. The proposal that Metrocles or the Cynics invented the micro-genre of chreiai is strongly criticized. It is to the Socratics more generally we should look for its origins, if the genre must be supposed to have originated among philosophers, which is not certain.

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2019. Vol. 72, no 2, p. 197-228
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Anecdote, apothegm, chreia, Cynics, history of education, progymnasmata, rhetoric, Socratics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-158976DOI: 10.1163/1568525x-12342499ISI: 000461555100002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-158976DiVA, id: diva2:1240155
Available from: 2018-08-20 Created: 2018-08-20 Last updated: 2022-02-26Bibliographically approved

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