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The earliest references to Atdcism are in Brutus and Orator, where Cicero criticizes contemporary Latin orators of the plain style for claiming to be "Attic" and neglecting the variety of styles found in Demosthenes and other Attic orators.

Atticism in Greek begins with Dionysius of Halicarnassus and over dme created an anachronistic literary language that dominated the schools and literary composition for centuries. Except for fragments of Cato the Elder and other early Romans, 28 oratory in Latin is represented almost solely by the speeches of Cicero, who knew the theories of the schools well but knew equally well when to rise above pedantic rules.

The two speeches that most fully accord with rhetorical rules are De lege Manilla and Pro MiloneP Outside of Cicero's works there are the Panegyric of Trajan by Pliny the Younger, the Apology by Apuleius, many examples of declamation, a collection of panegyrics of late Latin emperors, fragmentary orations of Symmachus, and Christian oratory, such as the sermons of Ambrose and Augustine. T h e spread of Greek language and Greek culture throughout the Near East and Mediterranean after the conquests of Alexander the Great brought with it the establishment of rhetorical schools in every urban center.

Grammar and rhetoric furnished local inhabitants with an entry into the new civic life and access to the law courts. A system of formal education came into existence in which young people began the study of Greek grammar around the age of seven; a significant number of boys then entered a rhetorical school at the age of twelve to fourteen.

They learned some theory from lectures by their 28 The Romans initially resisted the teaching of rhetoric, expelling Greek teachers in BC and putting an interdiction on teaching rhetoric in Latin in 92 Suet. De Rhet. Public subsidy of instruction in rhetoric had already begun in some Hellenistic cities.

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In 71 AD Quintilian was the first person named to a chair in rhetoric in Rome, funded by the emperor. Beginning in the second century AD the emperors required cities throughout the empire to subsidize instruction in grammar and rhetoric, though attendance at school was never required in antiquity. Literally hundreds of rhetorical handbooks, plus monographs on specific aspects of rhetoric, were written by rhetoricians, orators, grammarians, philosophers, and enthusiastic amateurs throughout antiquity.

Most were ephemeral and are known, if at all, only from incidental references by other writers, especially Quintilian and Diogenes Laertius. Most were original only in the treatment of details; there were frequent professional disputes over categories of stasis or whether something should be regarded as a trope or a figure or other matters; the followers of Apollodorus in the first century BC insisted on the need for all parts of the oration in a standard order, the followers of Theodorus were more flexible about this, more rigid on some other points.

Handbooks differ somewhat in structure; 32 discussion of invention and arrangement in particular posed an organizational problem for the writers: how to combine treatment of the On the history of schools in antiquity see Marrou and Bonner ; on education in Palestine and its effect on Jews and Christians, see Kinneavy The chief extant works on rhetoric are listed below; important lost works are identified in each period.

Aristode BC Rhetoric or.

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Kassel ; ed. Freese ; trans, with extensive notes Kennedy ; commentary on the whole by Cope ; commentary on books 1 and 2 by Grimaldi ] Aristode was a member of Plato's Academy from to BC. Around he began giving a course of lectures on rhetoric; some of the material in the Rhetoric as we have it probably derives from that time. He probably returned to the subject when teaching Alexander the Great around and seems to have revised his text into its present form just before returning to Athens in He then may have used it there is no specific evidence as the basis of lectures in his new "Peripatetic" school at the Lyceum.

Book 3 probably originally a separate work discusses elocutio, "style" and divisio, "arrangement". Aristode thus covers three of what became five parts of rhetoric in later theory, and at the beginning of book 3 has some comments on a fourth part, actio, "delivery". Although attempts are sometimes made to read the Rhetoric as ethical and political philosophy, it is probably best viewed, like the Poetics, as essentially a formal analysis of the subject. The most important contributions of Aristode to rhetorical theory are the following: a The division of "means of persuasion" into "non-artistic" , or direct evidence including witnesses, contracts, etc.

The artistic means are then divided into three and only three: the presentation of the speaker's character as trustworthy through what he says in the speech i. An enthymeme is usually only probable, given the subject matter of civic rhetoric; one premise is frequendy omitted as well known to the audience; thus the usual form of an Aristotelian enthymeme is a proposition with a supporting statement.

The formal materials of enthymemes are "signs" and "probabilities". There are three categories: first, what Aristode calls , "commonalities", four forms of argument useful in any species of rhetoric: the possible or impossible; past fact; future fact; and magnitude or importance and 14; ; secondly, what he generally calls "specifics, special [topics]" , the propositions of the various species of knowledge, primarily politics and ethics, used by the speaker, which are discussed in detail in ; and thirdly, "common topics" , logical strategies such as argument from cause to effect, discussed in detail in If the audience makes a judgment about the future the speech is "deliberative" and its central issue in practice a "special" topic is "the beneficial or advantageous"the translation "expedient" somewhat distorts Aristode's meaning ; if the audience is making a judgment about the past the speech is "judicial" 35 and the central issue is , "the just"; if the audience is not called upon to make a judgment about action the speech is "epideictic, demonstrative" and the central issue is "the honorable".

Each of the species is divided into a positive and negative form: a deliberative speech is either "exhortation" or "dissuasion" ; a judicial speech either The translation forensic is best avoided because of other uses of that word in the USA.

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The subject matter and special topics of deliberative rhetoric are then discussed in , epideictic in , and judicial in Aristode did not develop a theory of tropes and figures of speech, and some of his stylistic terminology e. There are other features of the Rhetoric that were often ignored by later writers: the great emphasis on logical reasoning, the discussion of the psychology of the emotions , and the analysis of character types Although for the modern reader Aristode's work is the most important and penetrating ancient discussion of rhetoric, it had relatively little direct influence on the classical tradition: Aristode's lecture notes on rhetoric were not available to the public until the first century BC when his personal library was rediscovered and his treatises edited and published for the first time by Andronicus of Rhodes.

By that time important innovations had been made by others, especially the stasis theory of Hermagoras, the theory of figures, and the theory of the kinds or levels of style, possibly first stated by Aristotle's student Theophrastus. The Aristotelian ideas that did come into the common tradition, such as the three species of rhetoric, derive from writings all now lost by those who had personally studied with him, especially Theophrastus. These appear in some form in most later discussions.

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Rhetoric for Alexander Rhetorica ad Alexandrum. Fuhrmann ; trans, by Rackham ; discussion by Kennedy , , with bibliography] This is the only other surviving fourth-century rhetorical handbook. On the basis of a reference in Quintilian it is usually assumed M The version of the treatise we have begins with a dedicatory letter purporting to be from Aristode to Alexander in reply to his request for a treatment of rhetoric; this is apparently a forgery by some later writer, which resulted in the inclusion of the treatise in the Aristotelian corpus.

Rhetoric for Alexander is a rule based handbook, not a collection of examples for imitation, and thus evidence for developments in the teaching of rhetoric by the second half of the fourth century beyond the early technai and the efforts of the sophists.

Its relationship to teachings of Aristode, Isocrates, or other writers on rhetoric is problematic. Although it fails to use most Aristotelian technical terminology or definitions e. This may represent the standard structure of the time which Aristotle thus has adopted rather than invented.

There are also some similarities to views of Isocrates, or teachings later attributed to him, but the basic approach to the subject is not that of Isocrates. T h e treatise can be described as sophistic in that it outlines techniques of persuasion without any consideration of moral purpose and it consistendy claims that the method it describes is the only proper approach. Hermagoras of Temnos Art of Rhetoric. Hermagoras expounded a theory of stasis, the determination of the question at issue in a speech.

T h e contents can be reconstructed in outline on the basis of discussions of the subject in Cicero, the Rhetorica ad Herennium, Quintilian, Augustine, and other later writers. It was apparendy part of a. From it, apparendy, come two famous statements: orator est, Marci fili, vir bonus dicendi pentus "An orator, son Marcus, is a good man skilled at speaking", quoted by Seneca, Controversiae 1. Rhetorica ad Herennium [Ed. Caplan ] This anonymous Latin handbook sometimes attributed to an otherwise unknown Cornificius and until the Renaissance thought to be by Cicero provides the most convenient introduction to classical rhetorical theory, especially in the fine edition with introduction and notes by Caplan.

Its chief disadvantage is that at the time of composition perhaps ca. The author occasionally claims originality in details but seems to have studied with the same teacher as had the young Cicero; some rules for invention are found verbatim in both Cicero's De inventione and Ad Herennium. The latter, however, has the great advantage of also discussing arrangement Rhet. The five parts, however, are here not arranged in canonical sequence; the author has deliberately postponed style to a separate book and in a preface to it argues energetically that a rhetorician should create his own example of good style, not borrow them from literature.

Parts of the work that are of special interest include discussion of the "five-part argument" , known in Greek as and representing stylistic amplification of an enthymeme; the discussion of memory , which is the clearest extant summary of the mnemonic system of images and backgrounds; the discussion, with examples, of the grand, middle, and simple style and their defective variants ; and the lists of figures of diction, including tropes not here so called and figures of thought Ad Herennium became one of the basic rhetorical texts in the Middle Ages and was the subject of commentaries.

Tullius Cicero BC A. De inventione [Ed. Hubbell ; discussion by Kennedy ] This is Cicero's earliest work ca. The work closely resembles the Rhetorica ad Herennium and shows the influence of Hermagoras. Book 1 opens with a philosophical preface which contains the famous statement existimem sapientiam sine eloquentia parum prodesse civitatibus, eloquentiam vero sine sapientia nimium obesse plerumque, prodesse numquam "I think wisdom without eloquence has been of little advantage to states, but eloquence without wisdom has too often done much harm and never been advantageous".

T h e preface to book 2 claims that Cicero is not following a single source and gives a brief history of rhetoric. Because it provided a clear summary of the subject, more systematic than Cicero's other rhetorical writings and shorter than Quintilian's, De inventione became a basic rhetorical text for the Middle Ages, more popular even than Rhetoma ad Herennium, and numerous manuscripts survive; commentaries were written by Victorinus ed. Halm and by Grillius in late antiquity and by numerous medieval scholars. De oratore [Ed.

Wilkins, with notes, ; ed. Kumaniecki ; ed.

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Sutton and Rackham ; new trans, in preparation by James May et al:, commentary by Leeman etal. It is the earliest Latin work to show direct knowledge of Aristode's Rhetoric and to adapt some of Aristode's concepts to Roman conditions. The chief speakers are: Crassus, with whom Cicero identifies himself and who argues the need for an orator to have a wide knowledge of politics, philosophy, law, and other subjects; Antonius, who takes a narrower, practical approach; Scaevola, who argues the importance of law; and Caesar Strabo, who discusses wit and humor in Among influential features of rhetorical theory found in the dialogue are the adaptation of the three Aristotelian.

Also of special interest is the treatment of ethos and pathos as degrees of emotional appeal, the former being calm and persuasive, the latter a more violent stirring of passions. De optimo genere dicendi [Ed. Hubbell ] About 46 BC Cicero projected a translation of two speeches of Demosthenes and Aeschines; all that he completed was this introduction.

Partitiones oratoriae [Ed. Rackham ; discussion by Kennedy ] Perhaps about 53 BC Cicero wrote this rhetorical catechism for his son. Its chief interest is that it shows the development of technical vocabulary in Latin and provides a brief survey of all aspects of rhetoric. The vis oratoris, or "faculty of the orator", is discussed first , then the parts of the oration and stasis theory Brutus [Ed.

Hendrickson ; ed.