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This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book and its chapters. The book, which examines Dionysius? views on language, linguistics, and literature, has two purposes. On the one hand, it increases our knowledge of the language theories that circulated at the end of the first century BC. From this period, only a few fragments of grammatical and philological texts have survived, and the same holds for most of the other language disciplines. Many of Dionysius? works, however, are extant, which makes them a unique source of information for the linguistic views that were current in the Augustan age. On the other hand, the book illuminates the important connections between the various ancient disciplines that dealt in some way with language as an object of study.

Keywords: Augustan age; Dionysius; language theories; linguistics; literature



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