St. Augustine

Definition of Rhetoric


Augustine believed that rhetoric is the art of interpreting and transmitting authority.


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St. Augustine 

 (November 13, 354 - August 28, 430)

Saint Augustine of Hippo, as depicted in stained glass at Saint Joseph's Cathedral in Macon, Georgia 


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Contributions to Rhetoric


Augustine was a rhetorician and a teacher before converting to Christianity in 386.  In 397, Augustine wrote a handbook on properly interpretting Christian teachings (On Christian Doctrine) that blended church doctrine and rhetoric.