confirmation kataskeue
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Confirmation, the opposite of the previous exercise, is the simple attempt to prove a given view, typically by arguing the credibility of a myth or legend. It followed a similar pattern as refutation, and like it, corresponded directly to one of the parts of an oration.  

Directions for Composition
  Argue for the credibility of a myth or legend employing the following steps:

  1. Praise the teller of the story
  2. Give a summary of the story
  3. Confirm the story as being:
    • manifest
    • probable
    • possible
    • logical
    • fitting, and
    • profitable.
Example  Apthonius gives the example of the story of Daphne and claims it is probable.  

See Also Sources: Quintilian 2.4.18-19

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