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Iii) Regnum igitur melius est quam consulatus. Therefore rule by a king is better than rule by a consul. Here the maxima propositio is embodied into the argument as assumption (ii), which permits the step from (i) to (iii). ’ (i) Invidus est qui alienis bonis affligitur. An envious man is one who is grieved by others’ good fortune. (ii) Sapiens autem alienis bonis non affligitur. But a wise man is not grieved by others’ good fortune. (iii) Invidus igitur sapiens non est. Therefore an envious man is not wise.

Rather than from Rhet. or even from Stoic logic. In the light of the scanty evidence for the post-Aristotelian development of dialectical t opoi, we may assume that Cicero’s loci reflect a post-Aristotelian 25 See the commentary on §88. A Short History of the T opoB ´ 29 tradition of rhetorical t opoi which have been rearranged and supplemented with the help of Top. and other sources. T H E RH E T OR I C A L T R AD I T I ON A F TE R CI CE R O Given the lack of texts earlier than de Orat. which allow us to form a more precise picture of the Topica’s main source, one needs to survey later Latin and Greek texts in search of one whose essential overlap with the material used in the Topica proves it to be Hellenistic in substance and hence makes it an indirect witness to the type of source the Topica is based on.

22 So in an argument which moves from general information of the sort which in principle could come from a syncretistic handbook account to something like an eyewitness’s report of an 22 There is not a shred of evidence from elsewhere for a Peripatetic concern for the u‘ p osiB in this time. 23 It seems less awkward to assume that Philo himself sought to exploit the great name of Aristotle on behalf of his rhetorical project than to suspect Cicero himself of having included the Peripatetics here.

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