The stoic nature of early dramatistic theory

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Abstract

As Cicero details in his De Officiis (On Duties), Stoic ethical theory proceeds from a poetics of virtue according to which people act dutifully by performing the roles (personae) in which nature has cast them. Stoicism’s dramatistic conception of duty fits within the theatrical dynamics of ancient rhetorical practice, theory, and pedagogy and is a noteworthy precursor to persona theory in contemporary rhetorical studies. Furthermore, the centrality of decorum to Stoic personae theory gives it a poignant rhetorical quality, especially given the circumstances during which Cicero introduced it to Roman readers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-48
Number of pages16
JournalAdvances in the History of Rhetoric
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

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  • Communication
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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In: Advances in the History of Rhetoric, Vol. 14, No. 1, 01.01.2011, p. 33-48.

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