Rhetorica Ad Herennium: Book II: On the Theory of Public Speakingby Marcus T. Cicero, Marciano Guerrero (Editor), MaryMarc Translations (Translator)
Book 2 deals with the Conjectural issue (probability, comparison, signs, presumptive proof, subsequent behavior, and confirmatory proof). Under the rubric Judicial issue the Absolute Juridical suit is examined along with the sources of the law (law of nature, statutory, common law, previous judgments, equity, and agreement). Next the Assumptive juridical cause is discussed (comparison, shifting the question of guilt, acknowledgement of the charge, and rejection). At the end the artistic development of an argument is studied (proposition, reason, proof of the reason, embellishment, and resume).
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 its approach, it delivers greatness.
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