Rhetoric of Aristotle

Rhetoric of Aristotle


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ISBN-13: 9780405048586
Publisher: Ayer Company Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/28/1980
Series: Philosophy of Plato and Aristotle Ser.
Edition description: REPRINT

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1361 b] Analysis of Happiness 2i look small; but the place and the moment account for it. The elements of honour are—sacrifices; records in verse or prose; privileges; grants of domain ; chief seats; public luiici.il'i; :.i.iiin-i ; maintenance at ilu- public coat ; barbaric homage, such as salaams and giving place; and the gifts honourable among each people. The gift is the bestowal of a possession and a mark of honour: gifts, therefore, are desired both by the avaricious and by the ambitious, since for each it has what they want: it is a possession, which the 1361 b avaricious desire; and it brings honour, which the ambitious desire. The excellence of the body is health,—this health meaning 10 that men are to be free from disease and to have Health. the use of their bodies; for many people are healthy in the way in which Herodicus is said to have been, whom no one would count happy for their health, since they have to abstain from all, or nearly all, the things which men do. Beauty is different for each time of life : it is a youth's n beauty that his body should be serviceable for the toils of the race and for feats of strength, while he is also pleasant to look upon ;—so that the practices of the pentathlum are most beautiful, being formed at once for strength and for speed. The beauty of a man in his prime is that his body should be serviceable for the toils of war, while his aspect pleases and also strikes fear; the beauty of an old man is that his body should serve for the needful toils and be free from pain, through having none of those things which mar old age. Strength is the power of moving another as one likes, and one must do so bydrawing or pushing or lifting or pressing or compressing; so that a strong man is strong either in all or in some of these th...

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