Abstract This article contributes to the study of figured speech by offering an analysis of pseudo-Quintilian's Declamationes Maiores 18 and 19, two controversiae figuratae. After an introduction of the relevant rhetorical concepts, an account is given of figured speech on all levels in both declamations. The tenor of both controversiae is determined by their declamatory law, which is examined and compared with attested Greek and Roman law. Figured speech on a smaller scale is studied with regard to color, figura, and ductus, and on the level of diction, with regard to emphasis.
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