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Title: La questione della dispositio rhetorica nella lettera di Paolo ai Romani
Subtitle: Confronto con la lettera 7 di Platone e la lettera 95 di Seneca
Author(s): PENNA, Romano
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 84    Issue: 1   Date: 2003   
Pages: 61-88
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.84.1.3194458

Abstract :
The arrangement of the letter of Paul to the Romans has sometimes been likened to the dispositio rhetorica of speeches according to the ancient rules of the ars bene dicendi. Hence the question of the relation between epistolography and rhetoric, which has already been treated by some scholars, but never with a close analysis of any letter in antiquity in an extensive comparison with Romans. This article examines in detail two such letters, Plato's seventh and Seneca's ninety fifth, which are of similar length. Then it draws some interesting conclusions about the freedom of arrangement in the letters and, from Seneca, about the significance of the connection between the first and the second part of Romans itself.

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