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The first seven chapters in this book are organized along the lines of Aristotle’s Rhetoric. The first two chapters deal with êthos, the third with pathos, the fourth, fifth and sixth with logos, and the seventh and eighth with style. The ninth, tenth, and eleventh chapters deal with influences from drama, the twelfth with historical circumstances of a Peripatetic, Theophrastus, composing oratory, rather than theorizing about rhetoric. The last two chapters turn in different directions, to vituperation and, finally, to feelings of thanks. The author attempts to identify the significance of Aristotle’s emphasis on the term “enthymeme” in Aristotle’s recognition of the role of emotions in the decisions influenced by rhetoric. The author speculates about how Aristotle may have been influenced by Plato’s description of the psychology of the “spirited” (thymoeidês) class in the Republic as a model for the listeners in an ecclesia, dikastêrion, or funeral oration.

Keywords: êthos; Aristotle’s rhetoric; logos; pathos; Peripatetic; Plato’s description; Theophrastus

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