Byzantine rhetoric study: the anecdote: “ln these exercises the student was expected to follow a standardized pattern in developing his theme; thus in anecdote one should:” first praise the figure to whom the saying is attributed; then paraphrase the saying; then uphold the saying in various ways: • by showing why it is true; • by pointing to its converse; • by adducing analogies; • by giving examples; and finally: • by citing other authorities for the same principle; conclude the treatment with an exhortation. This procedure may seem mechanical. But ancient rhetoricians could have maintained with some justification that the standard structure is recommended because it is a good one-arguably the best, and certainly better than a student might devise off the top of his head.” – hermogenes-on-issues-strategies-of-argument-in-later-greek-rhetoric

Byzantine rhetoric study: the anecdote:
“ln these exercises the student was expected to follow a standardized pattern in developing his theme; thus in anecdote one should:”
first praise the figure to whom the saying is attributed;
then paraphrase the saying;
then uphold the saying in various ways:
• by showing why it is true;
• by pointing to its converse;
• by adducing analogies;
• by giving examples; and finally:
• by citing other authorities for the same principle;
conclude the treatment with an exhortation.
 
This procedure may seem mechanical. But ancient rhetoricians could have maintained with some justification that the standard structure is recommended because it is a good one-arguably the best, and certainly better than a student might devise off the top of his head.”
- hermogenes-on-issues-strategies-of-argument-in-later-greek-rhetoric

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