A New History of Classical Rhetoric

A New History of Classical Rhetoric

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By (author) George A. Kennedy

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  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 25mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 6 November 1994
  • Publication City/Country: New Jersey
  • ISBN 10: 069100059X
  • ISBN 13: 9780691000596
  • Illustrations note: Ill.
  • Sales rank: 484,739

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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

Table of contents

Preface Ch. 2Persuasion in Greek Literature before 400 B.C. Ch. 3Greek Rhetorical Theory from Corax to Aristotle Plato's Gorgias Plato's Phaedrus Isocrates The Rhetoric for Alexander Aristotle Ch. 4The Attic Orators Lysias Demosthenes Ch. 5Hellenistic Rhetoric Theophrastus Later Peripatetics Demetrius, On Style The Stoics The Academics The Epicureans Asianism Hermagoras and Stasis Theory Ch. 6Early Roman Rhetoric Cato the Elder Roman Orators of the Late Second and Early First Centuries B.C. Latin Rhetoricians Cicero's On Invention The Rhetoric for Herennius Ch. 7Cicero Cicero's Orations in the Years from 81 to 56 B.C. On the Orator For Milo and Cicero's Later Speeches Brutus and Orator Ch. 8Rhetoric in Augustan Rome Greek Rhetoricians of the Second Half of the First Century B.C. Dionysius of Halicarnassus Declamation and Seneca the Elder Ch. 9Latin Rhetoric in the Silver Age Quintilian Discussions of the "Decline of Eloquence" Pliny the Younger Fronto and Gellius Apuleius Ch. 10Greek Rhetoric under the Roman Empire Progymnasmata Hermogenes and the Formation of the Hermogenic Corpus Prolegomena Other Greek Rhetorical Treatises Ch. 11The Second Sophistic Dio Chrysostom Polemon and Herodes Atticus Aclius Aristides Sophistry from the Late Second to the Early Fourth Century The Sophistic Renaissance of the Fourth Century Prohaeresius Himerius Libanius Themistius Synesius The "University" of Constantinople The School of Gaza The Decline of the Schools Ch. 12Christianity and Classical Rhetoric Christian Panegyric Gregory of Nazianzus Other Major Figures of the Fourth Century The Latin Fathers Saint Augustine Ch. 13The Survival of Classical Rhetoric from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages The Decline in the East The Decline in the West Latin Grammarians of Later Antiquity The "Minor" Latin Rhetoricians Martianus Capella Cassiodorus Isidore of Seville Other Late Latin Works on Rhetoric Bede and Alcuin Boethius Bibliography Index