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Chapter Seventeen The Debate on the Scheme’s Validity: Problems and Solutions

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While most rhetoricians gave the Aristotelian triad in its traditional form, it sometimes appeared in slightly different configurations. The three genres can be presented as subsets of more comprehensive divisions. The theaters of oratory, Cicero explains, are the law courts, assemblies, the Senate; conversation is used in meetings, discussions, family reunions and banquets. The most comprehensive scheme, in scope and completeness, is in the work of the patriarch Photius in his Library, which he declares to be a summary of the Chrestomathy by Proclus, although we know that the original source of Proclus is, in all likelihood, Didymus Chalcenterus. According to the scheme proposed by the Pseudo-Dionysius, the speech begins with the praise to the deity, followed by praise of the city which organizes the festival: the orator celebrates the beauty of its position, buildings and works of art, and the life and activities that go on there.

Keywords: Aristotelian triad; Cicero; Didymus Chalcenterus; Pseudo-Dionysius; tripartite scheme



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