exordium the introduction
Arrangement of   1. exordium  |  2. narratio  |  3. partitio
Classical Oration   4. confirmatio  |  5. refutatio  |  6. peroratio

The introduction of a speech, where one announces the subject and purpose of the discourse, and where one usually employs the persuasive appeal of ethos in order to establish credibility with the audience.

Sources: Aristotle 3.14; Ad Herennium 1.4.6-1.7.11; Cic. De Inv. 1.15-18; Cic. Top. 25.97; Cic. De Or. 2.78-80; Quintilian 4.1

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Gideon O. Burton, Brigham Young University
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