6 Outline_Roman_Rhetoric

6 Outline_Roman_Rhetoric - RomanRhetoric

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Roman Rhetoric two major periods of Rome. 1. The Republic – the Senate. 2. And then Caesar Augustus – empire, one ruler. The Senate becomes an impotent  body. No more free discussion and debate.  Systematization  systematizing the knowledge. No real new knowledge. Focus on collecting, studying, distributing.  Library of Alexandria – huge (around 300 BC). Over 700,000 volumes. This was THE library.  Canon of ancient orators. (collection of like books/articles/principles) who’s who list of top orators of ancient world.  Still some rhetorical contributions though nothing huge. Rhetorical Contributions of “in between” period 1. Stasis  element of logos. The turning point in the case. The issue that is in dispute. People engaged in legal profession – could  actually hire lawyer in Rome. Idea of how to win court cases became important.  Issue in dispute; turning point of case Questions to find Stasis Kind of Question Kind of Stasis Did he do it? Fact What did he do? Definition Was it just? Quality Is this right venue? Jurisdiction Where could the turning point be? The question whose answer is in dispute and would change the outcome of the case.  Q fact: Did the person do it? Q def: was the damage minor or major? Q quality: was he justified in damaging? Q jurisdiction: should be civil or criminal? (and also where should be tried) 2. Theophratus (370-285)  three levels of style. Theses styles already in existence; he catalogued and expanded. 
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