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Cicero: Rhetorica ad Herennium (Loeb Classical Library No. 403) (English and Latin Edition) Hardcover – January 31, 1954

ISBN-13: 978-0674994447 ISBN-10: 0674994442 Edition: Reprint

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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; Reprint edition (January 31, 1954)
  • Language: English, Latin
  • ISBN-10: 0674994442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674994447
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful By George R Dekle on February 9, 2002
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When I was in law school at the University of Florida back in the 70's, our student bar association raised money by selling "looms" on the law courses. Looms were the typed up notes of the students who made the highest grades in each of the classes. Looms were clear, concise statements of the essentials of a course without all the extraneous verbiage that creeps into didactic presentation.
"Rhetorica ad Herennium" reads like a loom. It states its points in clear, concise language without elaboration. The points are well made and highly relevant to the subject of persuasive oratory.
You might well describe "Rhetorica" as an ancient handbook on the subject of arguing a criminal case to a jury. At some trial advocacy school I attended sometime during my career as a lawyer, I learned a basic outline for delivering a final argument. You can imagine my amusement when I learned that this basic outline came from a 2,000 year old book. That isn't the only part of the book applicable to the modern courtroom.
The ancient rhetorician was to be skilled in five areas: 1. Invention: Deciding what to say. 2. Arrangment: Deciding what order to say it in. 3. Style: Saying it well. 4. Memory: Remembering what to say. 5. Delivery: The nonverbals that accompany speech.
"Rhetorica" consists of four books arranged as follows:
Books I & II cover Invention, especially as it relates to Judicial or Forensic Rhetoric, giving an analysis as timely as an article from last week's law journal. Although the technology of rhetoric has changed markedly since the days of Cicero, the general principles of rhetoric haven't changed much at all.
Book III takes up Ceremonial and Deliberative Rhetoric and also deals with Arrangement, Delivery, and Memory.
Book IV, which proves the most tedious, deals with Style.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Damien A. Ramjattan on January 2, 2012
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I recently received this book and just started reading it. I bought it mainly for the passages on memory and i have to say so far it has some things that i use that really helps out. Even if its not specifically for that. This book is great in simply learning how to argue or rather, learning how to create an algorithm to arguments. I would recommend this to anyone.
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29 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 12, 1999
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I think this is one of the best books on public speaking I have ever read. It is clear and concise. The author lays out what you are to know and do very well. I would recommend Ad Herennium to anyone. I am really glad my 10th grade Rhetoric teacher made me read this!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christian Stassen on November 27, 2013
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I read the Loeb library volume 1-5 in Cicero. I have to say, out of the books, only Rhetorica Ad Herennium seemed to teach me something - and this book taught me a lot in a very efficient manner. The other books seemed very focused on defending Cicero's views vs others. For a layman such as me, the "cookbook" style of RhAdHer was much more useful than endless debates up and down about how important it is to be a good man. I would recommend buying only Volume1 if it is a few (i.e. MANY!!) good tips to rhetorics you're after, but if you like the classical reading in itself, the texts are indeed quite well written and much can be learned from that in itself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Luciani on January 11, 2014
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I love the fact that it has latin on one side and English on the other. I wish all translated books did this.
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