Dionysiou Halikarnasseōs Peri Syntheseōs Onomatōn

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by Dionysius of Halicarnassus

Dionysius of Halicarnassus (60 BCE–7 BCE) was a Greek historian and an instructor in the art of rhetoric. His Rhōmaïke Archaiologia is considered to be one of the most valuable sources of early Roman history.[1] Dionysius initially migrated to Rome in 30 BCE and spent twenty-two years studying the Latin language and preparing materials for his history.[2] In addition to dedicating time to his own studies, he also gave lessons in rhetoric during his period in Rome.[3] Rhōmaïke Archaiologia (Roman Antiquities) consisted of twenty, carefully researched books.[4] Even though some critics consider Dionysius to be a mediocre historian, many agree that he was an exceptional literary critic who was very proficient at examining an author’s style and historical context.[5] In addition to authoring his extensive history of Rome, Dionysius also wrote essays on a variety of topics. His essay “Peri syntheseos onomaton” is the only surviving ancient discussion of word order.[6]

Bibliographic Information

Author: Dionysius of Halicarnassus

Title: Dionysiou Halikarnasseōs Peri Syntheseōs Onomatōn = Dionysii Halicarnassei De Structura Orationis Liber

Publication Info: Londini: Impensis R. Knaplock, in Cœmeterio Paulino, 1728.


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Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Bound in contemporary full roan with red morocco label on gilt-decorated spine. Purchased from Rulon-Miller Books.

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  1. Encyclopædia Britannica Online, s. v. "Dionysius of Halicarnassus", accessed November 07, 2013.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid.
  4. William Smith and Charles Anthon, "Dionysius of Halicarnassus" in A New Classical Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography, Mythology, and Geography, Partly Based Upon the Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, rev. ed. (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1851), 6.
  5. Encyclopædia Britannica Online, s. v. "Dionysius of Halicarnassus."
  6. Ibid.