Rhetoric Before and Beyond the GreeksHardback
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- Publisher: State University of New York Press
- Format: Hardback | 256 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 231mm x 23mm | 454g
- Publication date: 30 September 2004
- Publication City/Country: Albany, NY
- ISBN 10: 0791460991
- ISBN 13: 9780791460993
- Edition statement: New.
- Illustrations note: 2ill.
Focusing on ancient rhetoric outside of the dominant Western tradition, this collection examines rhetorical practices in Egypt, Mesopotamia, Israel, and China. The book uncovers alternate ways of understanding human behavior and explores how these rhetorical practices both reflected and influenced their cultures. The essays address issues of historiography and raise questions about the application of Western rhetorical concepts to these very different ancient cultures. A chapter on suggestions for teaching each of these ancient rhetorics is included.
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"These essays forcefully and engagingly challenge the academic commonplace that Athenian rhetoric is foundational. Scholars teaching 'the classical' will need to pay close attention to the expanded corpus, and they will use this book as a central text in histories of rhetoric courses and as a supplement to more mainstream texts."