Figure Name anacephalaeosis
Source Quintilian 6.1.1-3 ("anacephalaeosis," "enumeratio"); Sherry (1550) 63 ("enumeracio," "enumeracion"); Peacham (1577) Q4v ("enumeratio"); Silva Rhetoricae (; Garrett Epp (1994) ("complexio," "symploce"); Vinsauf (1967) ("complexio"); Blount (1653) 8
Earliest Source None
Synonyms enumeratio, complexio, symploce
Etymology from Gk. ana, "back" and cephale, "head"
Type Chroma
Linguistic Domain Semantic

1. A recapitulation of the facts. A kind of summary employed in the peroratio. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. Repetition of both initial and final words in successive clauses. (Garrett Epp)

3. If a mode of expression both easy and adorned is desired, set aside all the techniques of the dignified style and have recourse to means that are simple, but of a simplicity that does not shock the ear by its rudeness. Here are the rhetorical colours with which to adorn your style: (Vinsauf)

4. "SIMPLOCE or COMPLEXIO, is when several sentences have the same beginning and the same ending." (Blount)


2. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child.... (1 Cor 13.11) (Garrett Epp)

3. (complexio) Why did it affect you, that tasting of Adma? Why do we all weep for the fault of that one man, Adam? (Vinsauf)

4. "The most covetous man longs not to get riches out of that ground which can bear nothing; Why? Because it is impossible. The most ambitious person vexes not his wits to climb to heaven. Why? Because it is impossible." (Blount)

Kind Of Repetition
Part Of
Related Figures figures of summary, accumulatio, epanodos, epiphonema, synathroesmus
Notes The first definition doesn't have a number. - nayoung The first definition doesn't really work with the others, should this be split up? -MC
Confidence Unconfident
Last Editor Mark Carter
Confidence Unconfident
Editorial Notes added series as type of
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