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Tag Archives: Cicero
This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device: Aporia Origin: From the Greek ἄπορος (aporos), meaning “impassable”. In plain English: An expression of uncertainty or doubt. … Continue reading
“When you wish to instruct, be brief; that men’s minds take in quickly what you say, learn its lesson, and retain it faithfully. Every word that is unnecessary only pours over the side of a brimming mind.” — Cicero
This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device: Erotema Origin: From the Greek ερωτημα (erotema), meaning “question”. In plain English: A question that is asked … Continue reading
“I can think of nothing more agreeable to the brain and the ear than a speech adorned and embellished with wise thoughts and fine language.” – Cicero, On the Orator, Vol. I, Ch. 8
This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device: Paralipsis Origin: From the Greek παράλειψις (paraleipsis), meaning “omission”. In plain English: To call attention to something by … Continue reading
“In an orator … we demand the acuteness of a logician, the profundity of a philosopher, the diction virtually of a poet, the memory of a lawyer, the voice of a performer in tragic drama, the gestures, you might almost … Continue reading
“A good orator is pointed and impassioned.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero