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The history of rhetoric is a major field of research in the sciences of Antiquity. In an extensive series of studies scholars have investigated the origins and evolution of rhetoric in relation to changing historical, social, political and intellectual conditions. They have reconstructed the theory, comprising a corpus of knowledge and rules designed to ensure an effective oral performance, and analyzed the oratorical production, a social act which was the ultimate objective in learning these rules and knowledge. An investigation of genres in Greek and Roman rhetoric can feed into another research perspective that is currently highly regarded among classical scholars, which takes the concept of "genre" as its object. The triad of genres established in the Rhetoric was immensely influential in the Greek and Roman world, being constantly adopted by rhetoricians and evoked by orators, philosophers, intellectuals and scholars.

Keywords: ancient rhetoric; classical Antiquity; Greek world; Roman poetry



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