Book 4 (of four) deals with the principles of style. After justifying —contrary to the Greek writers— using his own examples, the author plunges into his discussion of the three types of style: Middle, Simple, and Grand. In this book we find a complete catalogue not only of all the figures of diction (from Epanaphora to metonymy, hyperbole, synecdoche, catachresis, metaphor, and to allegory)—but also of all the figures of thought (Understatement, Vivid description, Refining, Comparison, etc.). Contrary to the myth that the Ad Herennium is just a book on rhetoric and language, it is a book on the art of public speaking. It is —really— a practical manual for administrators, managers, executives, paralegals, teachers, professors, judges, attorneys in general, litigators in particular—anyone who wishes to write or give a speech. Though humble in approach, the book delivers greatness.
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About the Author
According to Plutarch, Cicero was an outstanding student, endowed with a sharp mind and deep passion for learning. So, it isn’t surprising to see why he would later write: “A mind without instruction can no more bear fruit than can a field, however fertile, without cultivation.” Given his notoriety as a promising student, he earned the distinction to study Roman law under Quintus Mucius Scaevola, founder of the scientific study of Roman law.
Under the influence of the Greek Stoics, Cicero worked passionately to include the principles of natural law into the body of Roman juris¬prudence, which later became the basis for a political theory of universal social and political truths. Without a doubt, Cicero’s passion for the law and his socio-ethical ideas are a major contribution to the evolution of political theory.
Much like Plato, Cicero had a definite obsession with the forming of a perfect republic, borrowing from Polybius, Plato, and Aristotle the idea that a mixed constitution was the best form for governing states.