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‘In the epideictic branch of Rhetoric narration is not consecutive but fragmentary’. οὐκ ἐφεξῆς, not continuous, one part of it following the other in a regular series or succession, but broken up into parts, piecemeal, κατὰ μέρος, to aid the memory by giving opportunity for proving each point of laudation as it arises. ‘For we have to go through’ (narrate, or enumerate in detail; there must be a narration;) ‘all the actions which form the subject of the panegyric’ (lit. out of which the speech, i.e. the praise conferred by the speech, is made to arise: the special topics of ἔπαινος are ‘moral action’, πράξεις; see on this Appendix B to Bk. I c. 9, Introd. p. 212 seq.): ‘for the speech is constructed with (or from) one element with which art is not concerned—because the speaker is not the author of the actions he praises’ (art is productive, Eth. Nic. VI 4. The speaker has not made his materials himself: he finds them ready to his hand, and uses them. These are the ἄτεχνοι πίστεις of I 15)—‘and another which is derived from the (rhetorical) art (these are the ἔντεχνοι πίστεις, the inferences which are derived from the materials); and this (the latter) is to prove either the fact, if it be incredible, or that it is of a certain quality, or quantity (amount, magnitude, importance), or all three’.
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