Philipp Melanchthon on rhetoric

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Thank you to Rev. Paul Cain for bringing to my attention this terrific manuscript!  It is a fairly typical late-medieval gloss of rhetoric, in which Melanchthon sketches the divisions of the speech, focuses on the forensic/”juridical” genre of rhetoric, then provides a nice little overview of figures of speech (tropes and schemes).  If he had, following Boethius, added a bit about dialectical topics, it would have been a thorough little guide book.

Institutiones Rhetoricæ

December 15th 2016 |

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