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Rhetorica ad Herennium

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  485 ratings  ·  32 reviews
The Rhetorica ad Herrenium was traditionally attributed to Cicero (106 43 BCE), and reflects, as does Cicero s De Inventione, Hellenistic rhetorical teaching. But most recent editors attribute it to an unknown author.

The Greek art of rhetoric was first naturalized at Rome in the time of the younger Scipio, and Latin treatises on the subject were in circulation from the tim
Hardcover, Loeb Classical Library #403, 496 pages
Published January 1st 1954 by Harvard University Press (first published -50)
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Christopher Tang
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I came to this book after reading Moonwalking with Einstein and taking an interest in the Art of Memory. I also read this after having read about half of Frances Yates "The Art of Memory" The version I read was a free version distributed by the University of Toronto

For those looking to practice the Art of Memory, I think the Yates summary is superior in the sense that Yates's book gives more versions for how the Art evolved over time and thus gives option
May 09, 2013 rated it liked it
An interesting piece. The last paragraph will provide summary:

"Indeed I have shown how in every type of cause one ought to find ideas. I have told how it is proper to arrange these. I have disclosed the method of delivery. I have taught how we can have a good memory. I have explained the means by which to secure a finished style. If we follow these principles, our Invention will be keen and prompt, our Arrangement clear and orderly, our Delivery impressive and graceful, our Memory sure and lasti
Jeremi Doucet
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Came across this book after reading 'Moonwalking with Einstein', as many have, since it lays the foundation for modern day mnemonic techniques which are widely used in the field of memory. Problem is, this topic is only adressed for 15 pages. Seen as the rest is dedicated to the art of rhetoric, it's impressiveness lies mostly in the historical age of the text rather than the content itself which was somewhat dull in my view. ...more
Pablo Padilla
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The passage of memory.

It has no indeed or toc. However if you are interested in reading about memory in this book jump to location 891 - 988.

Can definitely improve in terms of the content organization to allow readers to use the text as reference.
George Sr.
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Although (1) Cicero didn't really write it, (2) it says nothing truly original, and (3) it was written over 2,000 years ago, this is an excellent trial advocacy manual. ...more
Apr 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Une immense surprise, et une bonne. Certes, certains passages sont longs, surtout les descriptions des différentes figures de style, mais j'ai dévoré ce livre en quelques jours.
La Rhétorique à Herennius a fait partie du trivium médiéval (avec le De l'Invention de Cicéron et l'Institution oratoire de Quintilien); son influence historique ne peut donc pas être sous-estimée. J'y ai retrouvé tous les conseils donnés aux élèves et étudiants qui pratiquent la dissertation (par exemple au livre 1: qu'é
Joshua Lister
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Difficult at first but once I got the terms and the structure down it became easier to navigate. The book is thorough and the organization is superb. It is the most interesting text book I have ever read. As a reference book, it is indispensable and I will likely refer to it many more times in my life.
Javier Perez
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is was not an easy read, more than 2k years ago it was written in Latin with lots of content translated from Greek, then it was translated again to English, my second language. It was a challenge but that is not to say that I didn't enjoy it. I will definitely use it as a manual to plan out speeches and presentations. Oh I also came to this book from "Moonwalking with Einstein". ...more
Ward Hammond
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pdf
Something are timeless just the words change. Cicero calls a memory palace a background. The rest of what he says is only obscure when he references people never heard of in the 21st century. Vivid images and places in the series is the key to memorizing anything.
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Difficult read but very interesting. The origins of law stem from this book. Was a sequel to moonwalking with einstein for me given the references to it in the book
Theo J.
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really interesting to learn about rhetoric and apply it to the ramblings of the current government. Cicero probably didn't write this, though. ...more
Corinne  Blackmer
Although this work does not approach the sublime heights of Quintilian's Arts of the Orator, it is quite useful to consult as a supplementary volume. ...more
Stace Lee
Jan 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting look at classical techniques for developing argument, classifying and presenting information and for all elements associated with dialogue. Surprisingly well presented and easy to use.
Max Ohnesorge
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Not actually Cicero, but whoever psuedo-Cicero was puts together a comprehensive work on the ins and outs of Classical rhetoric.
Aug 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The "Rhetoric for Herrenius" was probably not written by Cicero, although he most certainly used the text as a "handbook." Nevertheless, it is a brilliant, comprehensive study of rhetoric and oratory that contains advice and principles that are valuable to the modern writer. ...more
Rick Sam
Nov 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy, rhetoric
I came across this book from Douglas Wilson. I would recommend his book, "The Rhetoric Companion" unless you want in depth details. This book nails everything on Rhetoric. I loved the section about Memory. ...more
Apr 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Concise, clear, and possibly not even Roman.
Jun 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rhetoric, classics
This is a smart little handbook about rhetoric, and one of the most practical somesuch books that I've read. ...more
Jonathan VP
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A must for statesman, lawyers and hommes du monde.
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Excellent; shows just how constant the rules of communication have been over the years; what held true then holds true now.
Aug 06, 2010 marked it as to-read
Bilingual edition preferred.
Brent Pinkall
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
A classic rhetoric text. Very thorough, yet concise.
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Rigorously didactic, well organized, with lots of easy to follow examples. Perhaps the best textbook-style treatise on Rhetoric in the classical period.
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Cicero is helpful for use in my rhetoric class, particularly with adding the polish to the language and practicals of public speaking.
Nov 07, 2009 rated it liked it
There are a lot of practical ideas in this book. I can see why it's a classic. ...more
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Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Not written by Cicero! Arrgghhh.
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