How do I determine if a technical term is used self-referentially?

From: Perry L. Stepp (
Date: Fri Apr 17 1998 - 11:10:11 EDT

Hello, all.

I have a problem: I'm working through a secular text, looking at how the
terms hISTORIA and BIOS are used. I'm specifically trying to determine if
they are used self-referentially (i.e., if the author of the work referred
to the work itself as a hISTORIA or a BIOS). How would I determine this?

I've been looking for summary statements--something along the lines of,
"what follows is the life (BIOS) of Speusippus," or (conversely) "what
follows is the history (hISTORIA) of the Academy." I haven't found anything
resembling either, and don't know what else to look for. Any suggestions?


Perry L. Stepp

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