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Rita Copeland and Ineke Sluiter

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199653782

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199653782.001.0001

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Brunetto Latini, Rettorica, CA. 1260

Brunetto Latini, Rettorica, CA. 1260

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(p.753) Brunetto Latini, Rettorica, CA. 1260
Source:
Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric
Author(s):
Rita Copeland, Ineke Sluiter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199653782.003.0047

This chapter discusses Rettorica, a translation and exposition of Cicero's De inventione written by Brunetto Latini around 1260. Rettorica is the earliest vernacularisation of Ciceronian rhetoric in the Middle Ages and represents the first wave of a ‘Ciceronian revival’ in thirteenth-century Italian rhetorical culture. Brunetto's commentary attempts to link Ciceronian teaching about legal and political speech with the contemporary practice of writing on any topic. In addition to translating Cicero's text, Brunetto established an assertive, independent voice for what he calls ‘the expositor’, the discourse of which leads to compositional complexity of the Rettorica.

Keywords:   translation, exposition, Cicero, De invention, Brunetto Latini, Rettorica, rhetoric, commentary, expositor

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