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Rhetoric

Demosthenes (384-322 BC)

With a strong foundation in Grammar established, Aristotle tells us that “Rhetoric is counterpart to Dialectic”.  This can mean either that they are exact copies of one another, or that the latter completes the former.  Both of these meanings are true, for Reasoning is to one’s own mind what Rhetoric is to the minds of other men, and Reasoning without Rhetoric is useless.  Our master in Rhetoric is, once again, Aristotle.

Classical Rhetoric I

  • Aristotle, Rhetoric
  • Orations of Demosthenes

Classical Rhetoric II

  • Cicero, Rhetoric (ad Herennium)
  • Orations of Cicero

Classical Rhetoric III

  • Aristotle, Poetics

Classical Literature

Students who complete the entire course of studies in the Trivium are equipped for the life-long enjoyment of Greek and Latin literature.  The next generation of CLAA students and teachers will work to establish a library of classical literature expounded by masters of the classical liberal arts, when the restoration we aim for will be complete.

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