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Arguments in Rhetoric Against Quintilian

Translation and Text of Peter Ramus's Rhetoricae Distinctiones in Quintilianum

Peter Ramus, Translated by Carole Newland, Edited by James J. Murphy

Publication Year: 2010

Peter Ramus, a 16th-century Parisian college instructor and one of the most influential and controversial writers of early modern times, published a number of books attacking and attempting to refute foundational texts in philosophy and rhetoric. This volume offers original text and translation of a pivotal work and includes a detailed introduction and bibliography by the editor.

Published by: Southern Illinois University Press

Front Cover

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Copyright Page

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pp. iv-

Contents

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pp. v-

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Introduction

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pp. 1-44

This volume offers the text and translation of a pivotal book by one of the most influential (and controversial) writers of early modern times. The public career of its author began in clamor and ended in assassination. In September of 1543 the Parisian printer Jacobus Bogardus issued together in one volume two short technical books on ...

Major Events in the Life of Peter Ramus

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pp. 45-46

Introduction: Notes

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pp. 47-63

Introduction: Bibliography

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pp. 64-76

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Translation

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pp. 77-160

Most excellent Maecenas, the Greeks have a wise proverb which teaches that each man should practice the art which he knows. Although I have been engaged in the study of rhetoric and dialectic for many years, I should not, like other people, care to boast about them; rather I feel ashamed to look back upon them due to the very meager results they produced. And so do I not seem to have some ...

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The Text

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pp. 161-228

Bene (Mecoenas Optime) Graecorum illo proverbio praecipitur, Quam quisque norit artem, in hac se exerceat. Itaque tot annos, quot certe non caeterorum more gloriari placeat, sed pro tenuissimo tanti temp oris fructu potius meminisse pudeat, in rhetoricis et dialecticis occupatus, an non mea quodam iure facere videar, Si me in meis studiis et artibus vel eodem argumento saepius exerceam? ...

Index to Introduction

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pp. 229-234

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Author Bio

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pp. 235-

James J. Murphy, professor emeritus of English and rhetoric and communication at the University of California, Davis, is the author or editor of nineteen books, including Quintilian on the Teaching of Writing and Speaking and The Debater’s Guide, both published by Southern Illinois University Press.

Also in the Landmarks in Rhetoric and Public Address Series

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pp. 236-237

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9780809386147
E-ISBN-10: 0809386143
Print-ISBN-13: 9780809330140
Print-ISBN-10: 0809330148

Page Count: 244
Publication Year: 2010

Series Title: Landmarks in Rhetoric and Public Address

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Subject Headings

  • Quintilian. Institutiones oratoriae.
  • Rhetoric -- Early works to 1800.
  • Oratory -- Early works to 1800.
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