Rhetores Latini Minores, ex codicibus maximam partem primum adhibitis emendabat Carolus Halm, Lipsiae 1863, 59- 62 (Bibliotheca Scriptorum Graecorum et Romanorum Teubneriana).
The third treatise attributed to Julius Rufinianus is the shortest, and is distinguished from the others by the presence of a very brief introduction that explains what is commonly meant by the term “figure” and how it was used in schools as the basis for the controversiae figuratae. The text draws liberally on Quint. Inst. 9.2.66. The work addresses a figure that is very similar to irony, but that also possesses characteristics of the periphrasis and euphemism used to avoid speaking explicitly about a subject that would be dangerous or inappropriate. Following the introduction is a treatment of fifteen other figures that partially coincide with those present in the authentic De schematis, but that diverge in their definitions and use of examples (the latter coming exclusively from Vergil, except for one each from Lucilius and Sallust). These differences led Ruhnken and Halm to conclude that the attribution of the De schematis dianoeas to Julius Rufinianus was not reliable. [A. Balbo; tr. C. L. Caterine].