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(εὕρεσις, heúresis: invention, finding sc. of ideas). In the system of rhetoric, inventio denotes the first of five production stages in the compositon of a speech ( partes orationis ; apart from inventio,  dispositio ,  elocutio ,  memoria ,  pronuntiatio ). Within the separation of verbal realization (verba) and ideas (res), which permeates all rhetoric in antiquity and counteracts this quintuple division, the inventio together with the dispositio, to which it is inseparably linked, belong to the res that are conceded a peculiarly concrete status. The inventio s…

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Walde, Christine (Basle), “Inventio”, 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 22 October 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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