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The first subject of inquiry in this branch is the number and nature (quantity and quality) of the materials or propositions (the premisses) of which our ‘syllogisms’ are to be constructed, in accusation and defence, the two functions of the dicastic branch of Rhetoric.

Schrader draws attention to the term ‘syllogisms’ as marking the especially logical character of the arguments which are employed in this branch as compared with the other two. On syllogism for enthymeme, see note on I 1. 11, p. 19.

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