Canons of Style in the Antonine Age. Idea-Theory and its Literary Context.
Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1998. VIII,168p. Gilt tiled cloth with dust wrps. 'This monograph studies the relationship between 'idea' theory in Hermogenes' 'Peri ideon' and the anonymous 'Peri aphelous logou', and the prose literature of the Second Sophistic. Rutherford offers a well-grounded study of the detailed articulation of theory in practice. (...) This slim volume offers much to students of the Second Sophistic. It illustrates well how literary critical thought changed in response to developments in oratory, drawing upon but transmuting earlier commonplaces. R. shows how the choice of model orators and speeches was actually more integrated than previously recognized with contemporary political and literary concerns. Far from being yet another traditional piece of unworldly literary criticism, Hermogenes is firmly situated in his cultural environment.' (RICHARD HAWLEY in the Journal of Hellenic Studies, 2001, p.193-94).