figures of place
schemes and tropes

Place is a general concern of rhetoric both literally and figuratively (see below). Specific figures regarding place, all of which are examples of enargia, include

See Also
  • kairos
    Like time, place is an essential aspect of general circumstances necessary to be considered. Settings constrain how and what a speaker says.
  • topics of invention or "commonplaces."
    These are the mainstay of rhetorical invention.
  • Progymnasmata exercise: commonplace
  • A short, pithy, saying—snonymous with adage, apothegm, gnome, maxim, paroemia, proverb, or sententia.
  • branches of oratory
    According to Aristotle Greek oratory was categorized according to three specific kinds of occasions, each of which he associated with a given place (a law court, a legislative assembly, a ceremony).
  • Progymnasmata: description, encomium, vituperation.
    For each of these basic rhetorical exercises "place" was a suggested subject matter to be described, praised, or blamed.

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