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‘One method of the selection then, and the first (most important), is this, namely the topical (dialectical, following the dialectical method, that by topics); and now let us pass on to the elements of enthymemes; by elements and topics of enthymemes I mean the same thing’. This is repeated, c. 26. 1. On στοιχεῖον=τόπος, and why so called, see Introd. pp. 127, 128. Add to the examples there given, Rhet. ad Alex. 36 (37). 9, στοιχεῖα κοινὰ κατὰ πάντων, which seems to mean τόποι. ‘But (before we proceed to do so) let us first state the necessary preliminaries’.
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