General Rhetorical Strategies

A general rhetorical strategy and companion to amplification. Both of these strategies have been employed in rhetorical pedagogy to give students practice in becoming adept at manipulating form and content (see also copia). The amplification and abbreviation of literary models was recommended by Hermogenes in his progymnasmata. Abbreviation is thus closely tied to the rhetorical practice of the imitation of literature.

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