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

The second part of a classical oration, following the introduction or exordium. The speaker here provides a narrative account of what has happened and generally explains the nature of the case. Quintilian adds that the narratio is followed by the propositio, a kind of summary of the issues or a statement of the charge.

See Also

Sources: Ad Herennium 1.8.11-1.9.16; Cic. De Inv. 1.19-21; Cic. Top. 25.97; Cic. De Or. 2.80.326-2.81.330; Quintilian 4.2

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