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Good writing on a minor subject.
Adoxography is a term coined in the late 19th century, and means "fine writing on a trivial or base subject." It was a form of rhetorical exercise “in which the legitimate methods of the encomium are applied to persons or objects in themselves obviously unworthy of praise, as being trivial, ugly, useless, ridiculous, dangerous or vicious” — see Arthur S. Pease, ‘Things Without Honor’, Classical Philology Vol. XXI 27, at 28-9. Pease surveys this field from its origins with the defence of Helen ascribed to Gorgias, and cites De Quincey’s On Murder Considered as one of the Fine Arts and Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass as modern examples. Pease suggests that the skill was taught in ancient Greece, where the matters known to have been praised included gout, blindness, deafness, old age, negligence, adultery, flies, gnats, bedbugs, smoke, and dung. The art was rediscovered during the revival of rhetoric in the 16th century. Among the best known and most influential examples was Erasmus’ Moriae Encomium or The Praise of Folly.
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