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De Inventione; De Optimo Genere Oratorum; Topica: 002 (Loeb Classical Library) Hardcover – 1 Jul 1989

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Focus on volume 1 27 Nov 2013
By Christian Stassen - Published on Amazon.com
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I read the Loeb library volume 1-5 in Cicero. I have to say, out of the books, only Rhetorica Ad Herennium seemed to teach me something. The other books seemed very focused on defending Cicero's views vs others. For a layman such as me, the "cookbook" style of RhAdHer was much more useful than endless debates up and down about how important it is to be a good man. I would recommend buying only Volume1 if it is a few (i.e. MANY!!) good tips to rhetorics you're after, but if you like the classical reading in itself, the texts are indeed quite well written and much can be learned from that in itself.
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Reliable Loeb Translation Is "User Friendly" 31 May 2013
By Lady Bird - Published on Amazon.com
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The Loeb book here was a textbook for a college rhetoric class I recently took. Cicero was used as an introduction to stasis theory, so the class focused on _De Oratore_. It has a reliable translation (I can read the Latin on one side, and the English on the other). I found what really helped was the introduction to _De Oratore_ and a "table of contents" breaking down the text into key passages for each part of oration. They helped me find exactly where Cicero defined each of our rhetorical vocab words. Each passage is also numbered, so even if another reader has a different translation, you can match up the passages quickly.

The book's small size and hard cover make it easy to pack around. The paper is higher quality than what you normally find in books, making it smooth and easy to write on for note-taking.
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