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Rhetoric And Exemplarity In Justus Lipsius’s Monita Et Exempla Politica

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This chapter explains Lipsiuss use of examples in more detail and addresses questions such as: which criteria does he use in his selection of examples, which rhetorical techniques does he apply in their formulation, and how does this compare to his own advice and to (ancient and contemporary) rhetorical theory and practice? Many texts of the Renaissance aimed to move readers to various types of moral and political behaviour. The first chapter of Lipsiuss Monita et exempla politica, a dialogue on the usefulness of examples, allows us to learn something about Lipsiuss own notion of examples. To make the stories as credible and (morally) effective as possible, Lipsius employed a range of rhetorical and narrative techniques in the composition and formulation of his examples.

Keywords: Lipsius; Monita et exempla politica; Renaissance; rhetorical theory



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