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date: 17 August 2019

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This chapter examines the role of rhetoric in the humanist movement during the European Renaissance. It explains that rhetoric played an important role in humanism and that humanists believe that true eloquence could arise only out of a harmonious union between wisdom and eloquence. It discusses the origin of humanist rhetoric and suggests that it reached its highest and lasting climax not in statesmanship but in poetry. This chapter also explores the possible causes of the end of humanist rhetoric and argues that it never completely disappeared from the realm of the artes and that it will reemerge whenever there is a demand for a renovatio rhetorica.

Keywords: rhetoric, humanist movement, European Renaissance, humanism, human rhetoric, poetry, artes, renovatio rhetorica

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