hypobole


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hypobole

(hɪpˈɒbəliː)
n
the act of anticipating objection for the purpose of refutation
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An awareness of mystical experiences, in fact, can lead us to a more nuanced view of language, realizing, for instance, that just as the rhetoric of Climax is integrated by the rhetoric of Anti-Climax, so the figure of Hypobole complements in its modesty the figure of Hyperbole; all this is clearly relevant to the analysis of poetry.
Following Boeckh, Dittenberger in his commentary relates this description of events to the inscription from Teos (CIG 3088 = SIG 960nl), which li sts many of the same competitive events but also mentions an event called hypoboles antapodoseos for the older age-set of boys (helikia).
He [ = Solon] wrote a law that the poetry of Homer was to be performed rhapsodically [rhapsoideo] by cue [ex hypoboles, from hypoballo], so that where the first person left off, from that point the next one would begin.
What ex hypoboles ("by cue") means exactly is not as clear as scholars have suggested.
The term ex hypoboles in the Diogenes Laertius passage deserves a special note.