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La función de las imágenes en la reflexión filosófica de Cicerón

Author(s): Diony González

Journal: Revista de Estudios Sociales
ISSN 0123-885X

Issue: 44;
Start page: 75;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Representation | Imagination | Memory | Vision | Vestigial.

The Greek rhetorical tradition and its development during the Hellenistic period allowed rhetoric in Rome to have a broader purpose, ceasing to be the source of creation of technical manuals with function and utility for a particular forensic activity. Cicero and, subsequently, Quintilian wrote a series of handbooks, rhetorical treatises, or literary dialogues with the purpose of establishing a complete theory of the new symbolic, political and persuasive role of the orator, not only through the creation of new rhetorical theories, but also of new frameworks for philosophical thought. This is the moment when rhetorical theory conceives the word as an image, and it is only through the process of representation that one can understand and construct a discourse about reality.
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