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La rhétorique du Stoïcien Rutilius Rufus dans le Brutus

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In this chapter, the coexistence of two styles within the same discourse, within the same argument, led Cicero to compromise the rhetoric of Stoic Rutilius Rufus to the point not to recognize anymore by the philosophers that only one mode of expression, the dialectical method, the validity of which he disputes both in terms of philosophical practice and an oratorical perspective. The parallelism drawn by Cicero between the two characters, each placed at the head of a group, that of Stoic orators for Rutilius Rufus, that of the archaic orators to Aemilius Scaurus, tends to create a misleading homogeneity between two modes of expression, yet driven by very different motivations. In this chapter, the author looks at another aspect of the successful confrontation that establishes the Brutus between the Aemilius Scaurus and the Rutilius Rufus. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: Aemilius Scaurus; archaic orators; Brutus; philosophical practice; Stoic Rutilius Rufus's rhetoric



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