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Comparing Greek And Arabic

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This chapter concentrates on the introduction to Book Three of the Rhetoric, contrasting the Greek source text with the Arabic translation and an English rendering of the Arabic version. This English translation aims to reflect the structural and terminological features of the Arabic text as closely as possible. The chapter introduces a comparative perspective by contrasting the first half of Book Three of the Rhetoric and a number of other translations spanning several phases of the Greek-Arabic translation movement, examining several terminological and lexical issues across the texts. Before focuses on the Greek and Arabic texts it point out some of the factors influencing and sometimes impeding the extraction of a coherent set of arguments from the Arabic translation. The chapter presents the Greek text according to the edition prepared by Rudolf Kassel, followed by the Arabic translation edited by Malcolm Lyons and English translation of the Arabic text.

Keywords: Rhetoric; Arabic version; English translation; Greek source; Malcolm Lyons; Rudolf Kassel



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