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Argumentative Devices In The Rhetorica Ad Alexandrum

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The Rhetoric to Alexander has always raised a great deal of interest. This is certainly true, but we should not forget that beyond his speculations Aristotle also means to give the orator practical guidelines, which to some extent have even been considered amoral and that, by contrast, the continuous concern of the author of the Rhetoric to Alexander to show “from where” the orator can have “a good supply” of his argumentative devices reminds us of his intention to offer a μέϑοδος, following which the orator can speak “according to the art” as it appears best from his statement that his long treatment of the εἰϰός represents the μέϑοδος that allows us to develop this argument in the most technical way.

Keywords: argumentative devices; Aristotle; Rhetoric to Alexander



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