Definition of Rhetoric
Augustine believed that rhetoric is the art of interpreting and transmitting
(November 13, 354 - August 28, 430)
Saint Augustine of Hippo, as depicted in stained glass at Saint Joseph's Cathedral in Macon, Georgia
(Photo and caption from http://www.catholic-forum.com)
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.
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