An outline of the Greek Rhetorica ad Alexandrum, attributed to Aristotle but perhaps written by Anaximenes, is contemporary with Aristotle's Rhetoric but continues an older tradition. In this outline a number of features that distinguish it from both Aristotle's Rhetoric and another ancient handbook, the Latin Rhetorica ad Herennium, can be identified.
Rhetorica Ad Alexandrum OutlineEdit
Kinds of Oratory (1421b)Edit
1. Topics of Parliamentary Rhetoric
- Appeals: Justice, Legality, Expedience, Honor etc.
- Subjects: Ritual, legislation, constitution, treaties, war, peace, finance.
2. Topics of Ceremonial Rhetoric
3. Topics of Forensic Rhetoric
4. Topics of Investigational Rhetoric
1. Direct (words, actions, persons)
- Consideration (enthymeme)
- Differences among forms of proof
- Opinion of the speaker
Other Expedients (1432b-1436a)Edit
5. Agreeable style, length
6. Diction (syntax)
7. Twofold statements