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Discourse, standards of
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Standards of discourse is not a term used in ancient  rhetoric nor  dialectics. They are the requirements met in a speech or conversation, by an orator or a participant in a dialogue, which achieves the desired effects. These standards are the subject of empirical, practice-related theories (τέχνη; tēchnē, ars) of public as well as private ‘discourse’, including within the conversational setting long or short monologues as well as questions and longer or shorter answer (Pl. Grg. 449b9-c8, Prt. 334d6-335c2) ─ thus the topic of rhetoric, eristics, and dialectics.

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Baumhauer, Otto A. (Bremen), “Discourse, standards of”, 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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