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καθάπερ οὖν καὶ ἐν τοῖς τοπικοῖςληπτέον] ‘Cum tanta formarum (i. e. τῶν εἰδῶν) locorumque differentia sit, quantam ipse supra demonstravit: ut scilicet illae fraudi dialectico et oratori, non recte usurpatae ab ipsis, esse possint, loci nullum tale periculum secum portent: aliaque etiam discrimina sint, affirmat oportere distinguere enthymematum species appellatas ab his qui loci vocantur, ex quibus illa ipsa promuntur: ut in Topicis factum est, ita etiam in his qui oratorem instruunt libris.’ Victorius. ‘We must here also, as well as in Dialectics, carefully distinguish the sources and materials (ἐξ ὧν ληπτέον) from which the special and the general topics are to be derived’.

πρότασις, a logical or rhetorical premiss or proposition, in syllogism or enthymeme: propositio praemissa; ‘est enim προτείνειν (Top. Θ 1, 155 b 34, 38), vel προτείνεσθαι (ib. c. 14, 164 b 4 &c.) eas propositiones constituere unde conclusio efficiatur.’ Trendel. El. Log. Arist. § 2, p. 53.

τὰ στοιχεῖα] On στοιχεῖα, ‘the elements’ of rhetorical reasoning, see Introd. p. 127. Add to the illustrations there given Rhet. ad Alex. c. 36 (37) 9, στοιχεῖα κοινὰ κατὰ πάντων, apparently in this sense.

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