By Cicero, Tobias Reinhardt

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Clearly this way of organization in itself encouraged the introduction of changes in a piecemeal way. A Short History of the T opoB ´ 19 THE PRE-ARISTOTELIAN PHASE In Rhet. ad Alex. two types of heuristic devices are encountered. The first consists of general propositions like (1423a26–7): The oracles prescribe to all men the performance of religious sacrifices as their fathers did, which, being plausible in itself for a contemporary audience, may be used in suitable situations to argue that someone has satisfied or violated his religious duties.

To lend 27 29 See de Rijk (1964b) 153–4, 157–61. On book 4 see Leff (1978). 28 See Stump (1982). A Short History of the T opoB ´ 31 plausibility to doubtful propositions or res dubiae, only by virtue of their logical independence on other propositions (1185 b ). Maximae propositiones may produce credibility on a doubtful issue in two ways: they may either represent one step of an argument or provide the underlying structure of an argument as a whole. ’ (i) Regnum diuturnius est quam consulatus, cum utrumque sit bonum.

Ii. 120. 12–115. 10 Spengel. 21 Ar. Top. A2, 101a35–6; Y14, 163a37–163b15; Cic. Or. 46; Alex. Aphr. in Top. 27. 17–18; Anon. Seg. §183 (below, Ch. 4). 16 Introduction Unlike his Plato, however, Cicero’s Aristotle cannot be substantiated by us with precision even in the field for which he claims the Stagirite’s authority. I suspect that the reason for this is not simply the disequilibrium between our Aristotelian texts and those Cicero could have used, but a contemporary interpretation of Aristotle’s dialectic and rhetoric that Cicero got from his successors, especially Philo.

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