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ERIC Number: ED170798
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Rhetoric in the Twelfth Century Renaissance.
Bliese, John
The medieval study of classical rhetoric reached its zenith in the twelfth century. Rhetoric in its medieval phase can be divided into four distinct subdisciplines: "ars praedicandi," or the preaching art; "ars dictaminis," or the art of letter writing; "ars poetriae," which focused on style and developed elaborate theories of versification; and the lesser studied aspect of rhetoric as one of the liberal arts. Contrary to conventional wisdom, there were several important situations in which the rhetorical training of the educated twelfth century man could be used effectively, including discussions of policy, law, economics, and public and church politics. Deserving of study is the degree to which theologians of this period, such as Saint Thomas Aquinas, were influenced by their rhetorical training. In addition, a "divine rhetoric" has begun to be studied, focusing on the art of spiritual oratory intended to influence God. (DF)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Association (St. Louis, Missouri, April 5-7, 1979)