Antonio Riccobono: The Teaching of Rhetoric in 16th-Century Padua
William A. Wallace
Catholic University of America
One of the little studied texts for the teaching of rhetoric in the late Renaissance is the Latin translation of Aristotle Rhetoric published by Antonio Riccobono in 1579, with an accompanying commentary, also in Latin.1 In this chapter, whose aim is to honor Professor James J. Murphy--himself an indefatigable teacher of rhetoric and translator of Latin rhetoric texts--I analyze Riccobono's views on the nature of rhetoric. These Riccobono presents in the first treatise of his commentary, a treatise he entitles De natura rhetoricae, where he is concerned not only with explicating Aristotle's views on the subject but also with treating rhetoric's relation to other disciplines in the curriculum of his day. Although____________________
With regard to Riccobono Rhetorica, Paul D. Brandes notes that an earlier, partial edition containing only the translation of the first book was also issued ( Padua: Laurentius Pasquatus, 1577). Subsequent printings of the complete edition appeared at Frankfurt in 1588, at Lyons in 1590, again at Frankfurt in 1593, at Vicenza in 1594, at Lyons in 1597, and at Avignon in 1599. See Paul D. Brandes , A History of Aristotle's Rhetoric, with a Bibliography of Early Printings ( Metuchen, NJ: The Scarecrow Press, 1989) 88-89, 149-151.