A certain commander being surrounded by the enemy and unable to escape …

25 Feb

A certain commander being surrounded by the enemy and unable to escape …

 

Training Exercises for Students

 

Advanced rhetorical education involved a rich variety of skills, perhaps the most distinctive of which was declamation. The instructor would present a case similar to those debated in the Roman Forum and the students would argue its merits as closely as possible to reality. If we were to walk into a Roman classroom where rhetoric was being taught we might hear a debate on the following typical themes:

1. A certain commander being surrounded by the enemy and unable to escape, came to an agreement with them, by which he was to withdraw his men, leaving behind their arms and equipment. This was done, and so his men were saved from a hopeless situation with the loss of arms and equipment. The commander was accused of high treason . . . .

 

Eds: J.L. Golden, G.F. Berquist, W.E. Coleman J. M. Sproule;  The Rhetoric of Western Thought   From  the Mediterranean World to the Global Setting Eighth Ed. (Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company Dubuque Iowa  ©1976- 2004)

 

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