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    Williams, Gareth 2008. Cold science: Seneca on hail and snow in Natural questions 4B. The Cambridge Classical Journal, Vol. 54, p. 209.

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6 - Language

In the classical period, the Greek language was studied by philosophers, sophists and rhetoricians, and the contributions of Aristotle and Theophrastus in particular are very valuable. But only in the Hellenistic era does grammar show significant development and almost becomes a discipline in its own right. This development is the result of the concurrence of three kinds of linguistic analysis: in philosophy, rhetoric and scholarship. Philosophers, especially Stoics, are interested in the nature of language and its relationships to reality and knowledge. Rhetoricians are more concerned with ways of manipulating people by means of language. Scholars develop tools for language analysis in order to edit and explain the texts of Homer and other poets. The chapter also focuses on matters of phonology, morphology and syntax insofar as they were discussed by the Stoics, the leading philosophical contributors to the development of grammar.
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