Gk. "strife" and "immobility"
|Stasis names a procedure within rhetorical
invention by which one would ask certain
questions in order to arrive at the point at issue in the debate, the
"stasis." Four such basic kinds of conflict were categorized by the Greeks
and Romans: conjectural, definitional, qualitative, and translative.
Further argumentative strategies in the invention process would depend on which of these was determined upon, as would the number and arrangement of the parts of an oration to be followed.
Quintilian gives this example of determining a given case to have a conjectural stasis (to be a dispute over facts):
|Sources:||Arist. ("amphisbetesis") 3.17.1; Ad Herennium 1.10.18-1.17.27; Cic. De Inv. 1.8-14, 2.15-115; Cic. Top. 24.93-95; Quintilian 3.6|