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Partes orationis
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The origin of the theory of the 'parts of speech' was presumed in antiquity - with a variable number of parts - to date from the beginnings of Greek rhetorical theory (Corax [3]). Irrespective of their number, the precepts pertaining to the parts of speech constitute the foundation of ancient rhetorical textbooks (cf. Aristot. Rh. 1354b 16ff.). Plato, in his Phaídros (266d-267d), already names a series of parts of argumentation (tekmḗria, eikóta, pístōsis, epipístōsis, élenchos, epexélenchos: proofs, probabilities, assurance, further assurance, refutati…

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Calboli Montefusco, Lucia (Bologna), “Partes orationis”, 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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