Rhetorica ad Herennium

5 July 2008

A detail of Rhetorica on the Fontana Grande, in front of the cathedral of Perugia in Umbria.The Rhetorica ad Herennium, which is now online at LacusCurtius, is traditionally attributed to Cicero, although there is strong evidence that it was written by an earlier author. Whoever the writer may be, it is an important text: it is the oldest surviving treatise on rhetorics in Latin, and focuses less on the philosophical side of oratory (as Aristotle had done in his Rhetorics) than on the practical side. This made it, in the Middle Ages, one of the most influential classical Latin texts.

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