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How to Win an Argument


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Preface vii Cicero's Life: A Brief Sketch xiii How to Win an Argument 1 The Origins of Eloquent and Persuasive Speech 1 Nature, Art, Practice 1 Rhetoric and Truth 8 The Parts of Rhetoric, or Activities of the Orator 12 Invention: Identifying and Classifying the Question at Issue According to the Stance of Argument, and Discovering the Sources of Proof 13 Arrangement 40 Style 69 Memory 103 Delivery 110 The Value of Imitating Good Models of Speaking 118 The Value of Writing to Prepare for Effective Speaking 122 The Requirements and Education of the Ideal Speaker 126 A Ciceronian Cheat Sheet for Effective Speaking 135 Latin Texts 141 Glossary 223 Further Reading 243 Text Credits 247

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James M. May is professor of classics, the Kenneth O. Bjork Distinguished Professor, and former provost and dean at St. Olaf College. An award-winning teacher, he is a widely recognized expert on Cicero and classical rhetoric and has written and edited many books on these topics. He lives in Northfield, Minnesota.


"Drawing on his extensive experience as a scholar and teacher of classical rhetoric, May (classics, St. Olaf College) brings together excerpts from Cicero's extensive contribution to rhetorical theory and practice to examine the theme 'how to win an argument.' One cannot find a better guide than Cicero... A delightful and accessible foray into an enduring, relevant art."--Choice

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