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A New History of Classical Rhetoric : Princeton Paperbacks - George A. Kennedy

A New History of Classical Rhetoric

Princeton Paperbacks

Paperback Published: 6th November 1994
ISBN: 9780691000596
Number Of Pages: 336

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George Kennedy's three volumes on classical rhetoric have long been regarded as authoritative treatments of the subject. This new volume, an extensive revision and abridgment of "The Art of Persuasion in Greece," "The Art of Rhetoric in the Roman World, " and "Greek Rhetoric under Christian Emperors, " provides a comprehensive history of classical rhetoric, one that is sure to become a standard for its time.

Kennedy begins by identifying the rhetorical features of early Greek literature that anticipated the formulation of "metarhetoric," or a theory of rhetoric, in the fifth and fourth centuries b.c.e. and then traces the development of that theory through the Greco-Roman period. He gives an account of the teaching of literary and oral composition in schools, and of Greek and Latin oratory as the primary rhetorical genre. He also discusses the overlapping disciplines of ancient philosophy and religion and their interaction with rhetoric. The result is a broad and engaging history of classical rhetoric that will prove especially useful for students and for others who want an overview of classical rhetoric in condensed form.

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"The discipline of rhetoric, as Mr. Kennedy shows meticulously, was central to ancient life."--The Economist "The panoptic vision, the reliable accounts, and deeply conservative view of what constitutes rhetoric and rhetorical theory have justly made these books standard for classicists and other disciplines... Many of the qualities admired in the three volumes are transferred elegantly to the briefer format. There are few scholars who could construct such a compilation."--Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Prefacep. xi
A New History of Classical Rhetoricp. 2
Introduction: the Nature of Rhetoricp. 3
Persuasion in Greek Literature before 400 B.Cp. 11
Greek Rhetorical Theory from Corax to Aristotlep. 30
The Attic Oratorsp. 64
Hellenistic Rhetoricp. 81
Early Roman Rhetoricp. 102
Cicerop. 128
Rhetoric in Augustan Romep. 159
Latin Rhetoric in the Silver Agep. 173
Greek Rhetoric under the Roman Empirep. 201
The Second Sophisticp. 230
Christianity and Classical Rhetoricp. 257
The Survival of Classical Rhetoric from Late Antiquity to the Middle Agesp. 271
Bibliographyp. 285
Indexp. 297
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ISBN: 9780691000596
ISBN-10: 069100059X
Series: Princeton Paperbacks
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 6th November 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.49  x 1.93
Weight (kg): 0.45