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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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Marius Victorinus, Commentary on the De inventione, Before 355

Marius Victorinus, Commentary on the De inventione, Before 355

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(p.104) Marius Victorinus, Commentary on the De inventione, Before 355
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Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric
Author(s):
Rita Copeland, Ineke Sluiter
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199653782.003.0005

This chapter discusses Gaius Marius Victorinus's commentary on Cicero's De inventione. The commentary incorporates many paraphrases to enable students to understand the text, along with philosophical explanations and digressions that reflect its Neoplatonist character. Intended for the student who ‘writes’ rhetoric, the commentary focuses on syllogism, the relation between rhetoric and logic, the theory of genus and species, and the terminology of the De inventione. Victorinus also offers an interpretation of Cicero's pairing of wisdom and eloquence and the mythical account of the origin of civilisation. Furthermore, he transforms the Ciceronian notion of virtue from conformity with reason and natural order.

Keywords:   rhetoric, Gaius Marius Victorinus, commentary, Cicero, De inventione, syllogism, logic, wisdom, eloquence, virtue

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