An Introduction to Peristasis

Peristasis (derives from Greek, “the description of circumstances” ) is a form of speech by which the orator vividly describes the number of circumstances that necessitate the outcome of a particular event; such circumstances are either of a person or of a thing.

Attendant Circumstances — Circumstances tied to persons are: parentage, childhood, nation, age, personality, educational background, discipline, habit, state of mind, etc; circumstances tied to things include: time, place, cause, occasion, instrument, etc.

Silver Rhetoricae, Figures by Gideon O. Burton | PeristasisOpens in new window
The Garden of Eloquence (1593). Henry Peachum. | PeristasisOpens in new window