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(προγυμνάσματα, Lat. praeexercitamina 'preliminary exercises'). In the context of rhetoric, progymnasmata refer to a series of practice speeches that are meant to prepare the future orator gradually for the more difficult study of rhetoric (e.g. Nicolaus, Rhetores Graeci 11,1,15 ff. Felten). They provide the transition from the school of the grammaticus to that of the rhetor (cf. Quint. Inst. 2,1,1). Although the oldest testimonial (in Aristot. Rh. Alex. 1436a 26) may be a forgery, progymnasmata must have been practised before Theon and Quintilian (who …

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Calboli Montefusco, Lucia (Bologna), “Progymnasmata”, 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 28 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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