Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


A.Y. Credits
2019/2020 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Gianluca Sposito Before the lessons, by appointment agreed by email.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Law (LMG/01)
Date Time Classroom / Location
Date Time Classroom / Location

Learning Objectives

Study of the argumentative techniques of Roman lawyers and lawyers, with elements of comparison between ancient and modern.
The structure of argumentative reasoning. The art of persuasion. The closing arguments, today.


The argument. The legal topical. Topical and dialectic.
The Greek and Roman judicial systems. The rhetorical training of lawyers.
The technique of loci or common places.
Forensic activity and its practical implications: compensation and deontology.
Cicero's forensic rhetoric. Methodological aspects. Analysis of the Ciceronian orations.
The art of persuasion. Rhetorical figures, rhetorical devices, amplification techniques and involvement techniques. The argumentative fallacies. The visual argumentation and his role in the trial.
The closing arguments, today.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

A) knowledge and understanding (knowledge and understanding):
The student must demonstrate that he possesses knowledge and skills
understanding of the subject, such as to elaborate and apply original ideas, too
in a research context.
B) knowledge and understanding skills applied (applying knowledge
and understanding):
The student must demonstrate that he is capable of applying his own
knowledge, ability to understand and skills in solving related problems
to the subject even within broader or interdisciplinary contexts.
C) autonomy of judgment (making judgments):
The student will have to demonstrate the ability to integrate knowledge and manage the
complexity and to make judgments based on information
limited or incomplete, including reflection on social responsibilities and
ethics related to the application of his knowledge and judgments.
D) communication skills:
The student will have to demonstrate that he / she is able to communicate clearly and without
ambiguity their conclusions during group work, seminars,
laboratories, interloquendo correctly with the teacher and his colleagues in
working class context.
E) ability to learn (learning skills):
The student must demonstrate that he has developed those skills
learning that will allow him to continue to study in a mostly way
self-directed or self-employed.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Frontal lessons and seminars. Forms of supplementary teaching will allow in-depth study of the program, with the assignment of additional credits. In particular, attending students can participate in in-depth activities and oratory competitions held in collaboration with the Bar Association of Rome and in the context of the first edition of the International Festival of Rhetoric (Padua, March 2020).

Course books

G. Sposito, Manuale di retorica forense, Intra, 2020

G. Sposito, Dizionario di retorica, Intra, 2020

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Course books

G. Sposito, Manuale di retorica forense, Intra, 2020

G. Sposito, Dizionario di retorica, Intra, 2020

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