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According to wide definition of rhetoric, each text can be labeled as rhetorical in one way or another. The differentia specifica of Lucretius' rhetoric, or the rhetoric of Epicurus, as opposed to the rhetoric of other texts, lies in the specific purpose for which the two authors used traditional techniques of text composition. Thus the rhetorical elements used for the purpose of explanation in DRN also function as cognitive and mnemonic aids for the reader. Lucretius' Epicurean edifice is a highly hierarchical and rich structure, and yet reducible to the simple principle of the movement of atoms in void. The ultimate goal of Epicurus' and Lucretius' rhetoric of explanation was to change the life of the individual. Rhetorical techniques are still used for the transmission of knowledge, but in modern scholarship devotion to particular ethical goals is no longer a matter of central importance.

Keywords: DRN; Epicurus; Lucretius; rhetoric



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