Appendix to “Measuring the Presence of Roman Rhetoric: An Intertextual Analysis of Augustine’s De Doctrina Christiana IV”

This appendix will contain the intertextual parallels that inform the paper “Measuring the Presence of Roman Rhetoric: An Intertextual Analysis of Augustine’s De Doctrina Christiana IV” forthcoming in Mouseion. The search parameters for these comparisons are listed at the beginning of each file. Please direct any questions to Caitlin Diddams at acstaab@buffalo.edu or James Gawley at jamesgaw@buffalo.edu.

Vita Washingtonii vs. DDC IV

Germania vs. DDC IV

Bello Gallico vs. DDC IV

Dialogus vs. DDC IV

Orator vs. DDC IV

Institutio Oratoria vs. DDC IV

 

Abstract:

This paper examines the intertextual relationship between Augustine’s De Doctrina Christiana IV and Cicero’s Orator. We use quantitative methods to compare Augustine’s level of engagement with Orator against his engagement with other handbooks of classical Latin rhetoric. Our results inform a close reading of the text as body metaphor in DDC 4.13. Augustine incorporates Ciceronian colometry into his presentation of the epistles to demonstrate Paul’s eloquence. We argue that Augustine’s comparatively heavy use of Cicero is an attempt to justify the use of rhetoric in Christian teaching while adapting that rhetoric to Christian purposes.

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