defend / attack a law nomou eisphora
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Defend or attack a law is more of a declamation than a progymnasma, more of an hypothesis than a thesis, but borrows from the thesis the attempt to argue two sides of an issue, while applying this to a specific law, real or fictional.    

Directions for Composition
Discuss the pros and cons of real, historical, or even fictitious laws. Use the following headings:

  • legality
  • justice
  • expediency
  • practicability
  • decency
  • consequences

Apthonius provides the example of opposing a law that requires an adulterer, taken in the act, to be killed.

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See Also

Sources: Quintilian 2.4.33-40

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