|The Progymnasmata All
Students were given a fable, typically one of Aesop's, which they would
amplify and abbreviate. Or, they would write a new fable in close imitation
of Aesop. It was specifically recommended that students turn indirect
discourse into direct discourse.
This example comes from Hermogenes' treatise on the progymnasmata. He first gives the "bare narrative," followed by his amplification employing dialogue:
"The monkeys in council deliberated on the necessity of settling in houses. When they had made up their minds to this end and were about to set to work, an old monkey restrained them, saying that they would more easily be captured if they were caught within enclosures."Related Figures