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Author(s): Kallendorf, Craig (College Station, Texas)
A. Theory A.1. IntroductionR. already played an important part in medieval culture as an integral element of the language-centred trivium of the artes liberales. Certain aspects of the medieval tradition remained relevant in rhetorical practice, but the discipline as such was transformed by Humanism, which began in Italy in the 14th cent. and continued elsewhere in Europe until the 17th. Renaissance R., built on a new theoretical foundation and in combination with grammar, history, poetics and moral philosophy, was ap…
Date: 2016-11-24


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Author(s): Gáldy, Andrea M. (München) | Kallendorf, Craig (College Station, Texas)
A. HistoryFounded around AD 600, V. by the High Middle Ages was the leading trading metropolis and political power in the eastern Mediterranean, once Genoa was extinguished as a rival in the War of Chioggia (1380). The city-state's close relations with the Byzantine Empire cooled after the sack of the Byzantine capital Constantinople by order of Doge Enrico Dandolo during the Fourth Crusade in 1204. Following a last phase of expansion up to 1453 (the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople), V. lost i…
Date: 2016-11-24