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In what way does the Anon. draw on Harpocration, Neocles, and Alexander? Much of the material in it can be assigned to one of these sources, since it is often stated explicitly where a particular piece of information comes from. Yet it is unlikely that the handbook as we have it is simply a compilation drawing on the three authors; Graeven (1891), pp. xii ff. plausibly argued that the Anon. 7 THE t opoi A N D TH E I R C ON T E XT In principle, the explicit references to sources in the Anon. put us in a position to contextualize the list of t opoi.

135. 2–18 (¼ fr. 123 Fortenbaugh). , text 2. See also Philippson (1929), Solmsen (1929b), Barnes (1985), 134–5. 19 It is possible that a contemporary of Theophrastus, the Democritean Nausiphanes of Teos (b. 360 bc; his fragments and testimonia are collected as DK62, vol. ii, pp. ), had an interest in Aristotelian rhetorical t opoi. He was the first teacher of Epicurus (cf. Pap. Herc. gai in scientific proofs (Philod. Rhet. cols. xxxviii f. Sudhaus). Unfortunately, the account in Philodemus is very compressed and hostile (Epicurus later disparaged his association with Nausiphanes).

3 and, following him, Angermann (1904), 55–9 are too speculative in their use of these texts. 7 Graeven’s proposal has, in my view too easily, been dismissed by Dilts– Kennedy (1997), pp. x f. I reproduce one of Graeven’s arguments (p. ’s treatment of ‘proof’, with which I shall be concerned later. In Anon. §§157–9 and the anonymous scholia on Hermog. , Rhet. Gr. vii. 762, three definitions are given of the ’ numZma, assigned to Neocles, ‘some people’, and Harpocration respectively. The Anon.

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