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Loci communes
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A. Introduction (CT)

In the ancient world, loci or topoi were used in dialectical and rhetorical reasoning in order to ascertain suitable arguments and thus to attain the goal of the argumentation (Cicero defines loci as argumenti sedes, the seats of an argument, that is, places where it can be found; Cic. Top. 2, 8). Topoi, which in Aristotle were at first defined as methods and forms, were increasingly also set by con…

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Fuchs, Andreas (Jena) and Fuchs, Thorsten, “Loci communes”, 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 25 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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