Figure Name propositio
Source Silva Rhetoricae; Peacham 1593
Earliest Source
Type Trope
Linguistic Domain

1. Coming between the narratio and the partitio of a classical oration, the propositio provides a brief summary of what one is about to speak on, or concisely puts forth the charges or accusation. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. Propositio, which comprehendeth in few words, the summe of the matter whereof we presently entend to speake. (Peacham)


2. Cicero: I have now to speake of the excellent and singular vertues of Pompeius. There was no cause why Nevius should demand of the Pretor, that he might possesse the goods of Quintius by an injunction. Cicero against Verres. It is necessary to speake concerning our contention, that you may have what to follow in defending your accuser. Cicero against Catiline: And because the decree of the Senate is not yet written, I will shew you as much thereof as I can call to remembrance. Also, before I begin to speake of the common wealth, I will complaine a litle of the injuries yesterday done by Anthony. (Peacham)

Kind Of
Part Of
Related Figures figures of summary, narratio, partitio
Confidence Unconfident
Last Editor Ashley Rose Kelly
Confidence Unconfident
Editorial Notes
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