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Aristotle's re'marks on the term will be seen at times to reflect the nature of Book III as a whole in their elusiveness. Metaphor, as a basic aid toward excellence of style, occupies Aristotle as early as chapter 2 of the book. A good style in both poetry and prose, he states, employs striking diction at appro- ex- 19 Kroll 1062 mentions the views of Diels, Rabe, and Usener, all of whom thought the book a post-Aristotelian addition. " 21 See Kroll 1062-1063 and Kennedy 84 for these and other characteristics.
The use of 7Tapa is, however, difficult. Again, an original reading Eg 0fL0/,WUEWS would give an easy and parallel construction but does not lead readily to the present text. WUEWS may not be correct. 6s 66 22 The Pre-Aristotelian Testimony Aristotelian testimony are few and clear. At least two words, €lKdJV ·and 7TUPUßOA'r7, are current as technical terms of com. parison before Aristotle. " A fourth, 7TUP0/-LO[WUfS, appears as a technical term of comparison but will not be seen again as such. €lKdJV far exceeds the others mfrequency of use.
Pickard-Cambridge's Oxford translation, ed. Ross, is used for the Topica. 9 See be1ow, p. 188f. 6 7 Aristotle The identifying features of 7TUPUßO'Af] do not, in Aristotle' s , mind, s~em to include a particular form. ). Translated literally, the illustration of 7TUPUßo'A~ would begin: "Those selected by lot must not rule, for that" is like just as iE ... OV yap WU7TEP EZ) is used, making the illustration in form partly a simile and partly conditionaL Aristotle is simply imprecise in choice of words here-a fault he would probably avoid if form were cruciaL The instance ofhistorical example is phrased "we must do thus-and-such, because ....
Ancient Rhetorical Theories of Simile and Comparison (Loeb Classical Monographs) by Marsh H. McCall Jr.