Marius Victorinus, Commentary on the De inventione, Before 355

Author: Copeland, Rita & Sluiter, Ineke
Title: Marius Victorinus, Commentary on the De inventione, Before 355
Review/Collection: in : Rita Copeland, and Ineke Sluiter (eds), Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric: Language Arts and Literary Theory, AD 300 -1475
Place edition: Oxford
Year edition: 2012
Pages: 104–124
Keywords: Commentaires - Commenti - Commentaries, Héritage - Fortuna - Legacy, Rhétorique - Retorica - Rhetorics
Description: This chapter discusses Gaius Marius Victorinus's commentary on Cicero's De inventione. The commentary incorporates many paraphrases to enable students to understand the text, along with philosophical explanations and digressions that reflect its Neoplatonist character. Intended for the student who ‘writes’ rhetoric, the commentary focuses on syllogism, the relation between rhetoric and logic, the theory of genus and species, and the terminology of the De inventione. Victorinus also offers an interpretation of Cicero's pairing of wisdom and eloquence and the mythical account of the origin of civilisation. Furthermore, he transforms the Ciceronian notion of virtue from conformity with reason and natural order [Editor].
Author initials: Copeland & Sluiter 2012