Age Of Enlightenment: Act II

Eloquence

  • discourse marked by force and persuasiveness
  • the practice or art of using language with fluency and aptness
  • expressing things in a pleasing or persuasive manner

Humanists sought to create a citizenry able to speak and write with eloquence and clarity and thus capable of engaging in the civic life of their communities and persuading others to virtuous and prudent actions.

This was to be accomplished through the study of the studia humanitatis, today known as the humanitiesgrammarrhetorichistorypoetry, and moral philosophy.