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[1] in rhetoric

In Roman  rhetoric actio is used as a synonym for pronuntiatio, and signifies the delivery aspect of a speech. Actio is the last of five stages of the speech ( partes orationis/artis/rhetorices). The performance should work on the eyes as well as on the ears; thus the rules of actio relate to register, rhythm and volume of the voice (figura vocis), as well as to mimicry (vultus), gesture (gestus), and posture and movement (motus corporis).

Preoccupation with the theory of oratory began in the 5th cent. BC…

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Stengl, Britta (Eningen u. A.) and Apathy, Peter (Linz), “Actio”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 19 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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