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Baldine Saint-Girons

Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon

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...a rhetorical style: it is to be found in neither the Rhetorica ad Herennium nor the De oratore of Cicero. Thus the expression “genus sublime dicendi” receives its quarters of nobility only with Quintilian, after whom the sublime style referred to the grand style, that is, the grave but also vehement style of the rhetorical tradition ( Institutio oratoria , 12.10). The rhetorical tradition, having as its Latin source the Rhetorica ad Herennium (between 86 and 83 BCE ), generally distinguishes three styles. The function of the first style is to teach (...