chapter  4
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Philodemus on Art and Rhetoric

The preceding passages examined in the last chapter, where Philodemus treats the notion of art and rhetorics status within it are fraught with imped­ iments to interpretation. It is extremely difficult to follow the thread of his thought because, while the text itself is often in a fairly good state, the com­ pression and complexity of the argument require a precise attribution of the various demonstratives and pronouns. In addition, despite the aid of mar­ ginal marks, it is not always clear whether the statements are Philodemus’ own or citations from arguments he is examining. A little further on in book 2 we reach a section where Philodemus appears to state some of his own views unequivocally. The introduction is promisingly systematic,

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