Persuasion: Greek Rhetoric in Action

Persuasion: Greek Rhetoric in Action


Edited by Ian Worthington

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Hardback | 292 pages
  • Dimensions: 144mm x 216mm x 26mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 27 July 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415081386
  • ISBN 13: 9780415081382
  • Illustrations note: bibliography, index

Product description

Greek rhetoric, in its diverse forms and impact on its contemporary context, is central to an understanding of ancient culture. The influence and exploitation of rhetoric in ancient times and modern reactions to it are the focus of this book. In recent years there has been a renaissance in the study of Greek rhetoric and oratory, informed by modern political sociology and discourse analysis. This book, bringing together the work of leading scholars in the field, examines the relation of ancient oratory and rhetoric to a variety of historical contexts and literary genres at both the theoritical and practical levels, at the same time reflecting new trends and ideas now at work

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Review quote

'... it will be instructive and stimulating to those wishing to approach oratory from a variety of literary standpoints .' - Journal of Hellenic Studies

Table of contents

Preface Abbreviations Communicating 1. From Orality to Rhetoric: An Intellectual Transformation Carol G.Thomas and Edward Kent Webb 2. Rhetorical Means of Persuasion Christopher Carey 3. Probability and Persuasion: Plato and Early Greek Rhetoric Michael Gagarin 4. Classical Rhetoric and Modern Theories of Discourse David Cohen Applications 5. Power and Oratory in Democratic Athens: Demosthenes 21, Against Meidias Josiah Ober 6. History and Oratorical Exploitation Ian Worthington 7. Law and Oratory Edward M Harris Contexts 8. Epic and Rhetoric Peter Toohey 9. Tragedy and Rhetoric Victor Bres 10. Comedy and Rhetoric Phillip Harding 11. Philosophy and Rhetoric Stephen Halliwell 12. The Canon of the Ten Attic Orators Ian Worthington Bibliography Index