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date: 09 February 2023


, of Pergamum, Greek rhetor, 1st cent. bce


, of Pergamum, Greek rhetor, 1st cent. bce
  • Donald Russell


Apollodorus (5), of Pergamum, was the rhetor chosen by *Caesar to take charge of the education of C. Octavius, the future *Augustus, in 45 bce (Suet. Aug. 89). His ‘Art of Rhetoric’ (τέχνη) was translated into Latin by C. *Valgius Rufus (Quint. Inst. 3. 1. 18). The emphasis of his teaching seems to have been on firm argument and rather restrictive rules of composition: he insisted that all forensic speeches must consist of proem, narrative, proofs, and epilogue, in that order (see rhetoric). *Theodorus (3) of Gadara was his younger rival. Our knowledge of the doctrines of both of them is mainly derived from the *Anonymus Seguerianus (Spengel, Rhet. 1. 352–98).


  • Greek Literature

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