Alcidamas


pg. 287 Alcidamas, again, called philosophy 'a bulwark of the laws'; and the Odyssey 'a fine mirror of human life!' - Aristotle, Rhetoric III 3 1405b35-1406b19

pg. 290 A further instance [sc. of induction] is the argument of Alcidamas in support of the claim that all men honor those with expertise: 'Thus the Parians have honored Archilochus, in spite of his savage tongue; the Chians of Homer, though he was not a fellow citizen of theirs; the Mitylenaeans Sappho, though she was a woman; the Lacedaemonians actually made Chilon a member of their senate, though the are the least literary of men; the Italian Greeks honored Pythagoras; the inhabitants of Lampsacus gave public burial to Anaxagoras, though he was an alien, and honor him even to this day.' - Aristotle, Rhetoric II 23, 1398b10-16

pg. 290 The Athenians prospered under Solon's laws, and the Lacedaemonians under those of Lycurgus, while at Thebes no sooner did the leaders become philosophers than the country began to enjoy prosperity. - Aristotle, Rhetoric II 23, 1398b10-16

pg. 292 We are told by Isocrates the rhetorician and by Alcidamas that there are four excellences of discourse: clarity, nobility, brevity, and credibility - with, of course, the adornment of the figures of rhetoric. - Tzetzes, Chiliades XII 567-7 Leone

pg. 293 God left all men free; Nature has made no man a slave. - Anonymous, Rhetorica Aristotelis, CAG XXI: 2, p. 74 Rabe

pg. 294 If war is the cause of our present troubles, it is with peace that we should remedy our situation. - Aristotle, Rhetoric II 23, 1397a 7-12

Alcidamas, for instance, an ancient rhetorician of the greatest distinction, actually composed an encomium on death, which consists of a list of the evils to which mankind is exposed. - cicero, Tusculan Disputations I 116

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