Aristotle’s Rhetoric and Renaissance Views of the Emotions

  • Lawrence D. Green
Part of the Warwick Studies in the European Humanities series book series (WSEH)


Aristotle’s Rhetoric was not a major treatise for scholars during the Latin middle ages, who considered it largely as an adjunct to Aristotelian ethics and politics. It was not a major treatise for the early Italian humanists, who knew about the treatise, but who found their principal inspiration for rhetoric in the rediscovered works of Cicero and Quintilian. Nor was it a major treatise for the Greeks of renaissance Byzantium, who viewed Aristotle primarily as a precursor to the principal writers of their own rhetorical tradition.1


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Notes and References

  1. 5.
    Pletho’s controversial lecture was known in the West as ‘De Platonicae et Aristotelicae philosophiae differentia’. C. M. Woodhouse has translated the lecture as On the Differences of Aristotle from Plato in George Gemistos Plethon: The Last of the Hellenes (Oxford, 1986). The critical edition by B. Legard, ‘Le De Differentiis de Pléthon d’après l’autographe de la Marcienne’, Byzantion, vol. XLIII (1973), pp. 312–43, should still be consulted, as should the earlier edition of 1923. For the history of this controversy, see Deno John Geanakoplos, Greek Scholars in Venice: Studies in the Dissemination of Greek Learning from Byzantium to Western Europe (Cambridge, MA, 1962), pp. 85–92, and now Geanakoplos, Constantinople and the West: Essays on the Late Byzantine (Palaeologan) and Italian Renaissances and the Byzantine and Roman Churches (Madison, 1989), passim. See also Paul Oskar Kris teller, ‘Byzantine and Western Platonism in the Fifteenth Century’, Renaissance Thought and Its Sources (New York, 1979), pp. 150–68.Google Scholar

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