Bitter Harmony

Came upon the Greek for that interesting Dionysius passage on the “austere style” and am thinking of making it a longer term project to dive into that.

Couple things learned right off.
–Greek word for “name” (ὄνομα) means in a grammatical context noun.
–What has been very nicely translated as “austere style” is (αὐστηρᾶς ἁρμονίας), literally something like “bitter harmony.” That immediately evoked for me the musical practice of Charles Ives; I wonder could he be put in the same ranks as Pindar, Thucydides, Aeschylus…

(Briefly, Dionysius of Halicarnassus divides Greek writing styles into three: one harsh and noble, one pleasing and florid, and one that combines the two. Unknown to me: has there been any attempt at a thorough categorizing of English writing styles?)

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