Ciceron, Topica (LAT-IN) BB by David L. Cannon, Timothy S. Bergmann, Brady Pamplin

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In An. pr. 389. 31–390. 9 (¼ fr. 111E Fortenbaugh). On this text see Barnes (1985). 20 The next direct evidence for Aristotelian t opoi dates from 55 b c, namely Cicero’s de Oratore, where for the first time he discusses the list of loci later used in the Topica. 21 Although items of Aristotelian and 17 Alex. Aphr. in Top. 135. 2–18 (¼ fr. 123 Fortenbaugh). , text 2. See also Philippson (1929), Solmsen (1929b), Barnes (1985), 134–5. 19 It is possible that a contemporary of Theophrastus, the Democritean Nausiphanes of Teos (b.

Cicero tells us, however, in Tusc. 2. 9 that Philo 16 Brittain (2001) connects only the siB division with Philo, but assumes on the basis of de Orat. 1. 87 that Charmadas’ rhetorical instruction included the study of psychology, and of argumentation and style; he writes (p. g. ’ 17 See Barnes (1989), 81–3. 18 See comm. on §§87–90. The Topica in Cicero’s Oeuvre 15 taught actual ‘precepts’ of rhetoric. Given the technical use of praecepta,19 this is likely to mean that his teachings must have included instruction about invention.

It is also remarkable that in Cicero general information about philosophers who give instruction on the kind of rhetoric in question here usually includes a reference to both the Peripatetics and the Academics (Fin. 4. 6; Tusc. 2. ), or even Aristotle alone (Or. 45–6), while particular information about such philosophers refers only to the Academics and specifically Philo (Tusc. 2. 9; de Orat. 3. 110). One of the passages which might then support the view that Philo himself appealed to Aristotle’s reputation for teaching philosophical rhetoric is the section immediately preceding the  siB division in de Orat.

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