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As a means of persuasion, argumentatio refers to the argument in its linguistic formulation as opposed to its conceptual content, which is called argumentum (Quint. Inst. 5,14,1; Fortun. 2,23). Aristot. Rh. 1354a 1-6 states that  rhetoric and  dialectics have in common the purposes of analyzing, supporting, and defending or attacking a statement. The way to achieve these purposes in speech was through certain means of persuasion (πίστεις: 1354a 13-14;  probationes ), which had been neglected in the pre-Aristotelian technai. According to Quint. Inst. 5, pr…

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Baumhauer, Otto A. (Bremen), “Argumentatio”, 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 15 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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