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‘commonplaces’, were ‘arguments that can be transferred to many cases’. They were practised at school among the progymnasmata, and theorists laid down headings; declaimers made them part of their stock‐in‐trade. The types are well illustrated in the pages of Seneca the Elder. The danger of commonplaces was that they might be dragged in regardless of strict relevance.

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Subjects: Classical Studies.

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