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Cicero’s Definition of Rhetoric: PPP Prove Please Persuade Three Functions – Three Styles: Plain style for proof Middle style for pleasure Vigorous style for persuasion Fall of Rome – Rise of Catholic Church In 313, Emperor Constantine legalized Christianity for Romans Quickly thereafter the Church came to control virtually every aspect of public and private life. Augustine (354-430) Born in North America Roman Educated Professor of Rhetoric Conversation to Christianity Appointed Bishop of Hippo Augustine: In Context
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Plato: Like Plato in the Phaedrus, Augustine sought a true art of rhetoric that could be used in the service of transcendent truths Cicero: De Inventione was one of few texts available and thus the most influential in this period Augustine quotes Cicero directly and draws on Cicero in his … Central Question for on Christine Doctrine:
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Unformatted text preview: Can you adapt a pagan art (rhetoric) to expressing the divine truth Christianity? Plato (Dialectic) + Cicero (Eloquence) = Augustine (Preaching) Structure: Major Themes 1. preachers dilemma 2. defends rhetoric 3. separates wisdom from eloquence 4. models of eloquence 5. aim of orator 6. styles of speech established On Christian Doctrine: The Preachers Dilemma Language is a finite system of symbols while God is infinite and thus cannot be adequately described by means of a finite system. However, God commands that the preacher must speak of him. Thus, a rhetoric of God is both impossible and essential. Oratory and Preaching: Oratory Cicero: Prove Please Persuade Preaching Augustine: Teach Delight Persuade (move) Style: Oratory Cicero: Plain Middle Vigorous Preaching Augustine: Subdued Moderate Grand...
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