From the first, *rhetoric saw the need for a legal speech normally to contain a ‘statement of the facts’ (diēgēsis, narratio) following the proem, and it was soon agreed that it should have the interconnected qualities of brevity, clarity, and plausibility. A narrative might be omitted, or be introduced elsewhere in a case, for some special reason. The aim was always to put one's case in the best possible light. Training was provided in the schools, for narration was one of the *progymnasmata; and in this connection an important division was established into legendary (fabula), historical (historia), and realistic (argumentum), corresponding to three degrees of ‘truth-content’ (e.g. Quint.Inst. 2. 4. 2).Less
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