from Gk. pro "before" and gymnasmata "exercises"
A set of rudimentary exercises intended to
prepare students of rhetoric for the creation and performance of complete practice orations (gymnasmata or declamations). A crucial component of classical and renaissance rhetorical pedagogy. Many
progymnasmata exercises correlate directly with the parts of a classical oration.
The 14 Progymnasmata
Similar progymnasmata are grouped together. The exercises are in general sequential.
- Thesis or Theme
- Defend / Attack a Law
Connections to Other Parts of Rhetoric
Online English translations of the progymnasmata of Aphthonius and of Libanius
Ad Alexandrum 1436a26; Theon; Aphthonius; Hermogenes; Quintilian ("primae exercitationes");
© 1996-2000, Gideon O. Burton,
Brigham Young University
Please cite "Silva Rhetoricae" (http://humanities.byu.edu/rhetoric/silva.htm)
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