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I. Terminology

Today, some aspects of the dialectical and rhetorical theory of argument, as systematized by Aristotle [6] in the Topiká and the Rhētorikḕ téchnē, are subsumed under the general term of topics. Τόπος/Tópos (literally 'place', then 'commonplace') does, of course, already appear earlier as a technical rhetorical term (Isocr. 12,111; 5,109; 10,4; 10,38; 1,25,76; Aristot. Rh. Al. 1443b 31; Lat. locus), but not until Aristotle was an essential ro…

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Calboli Montefusco, Lucia (Bologna), “Topics”, 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 23 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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