Rhetoric Before and Beyond the Greeks

Rhetoric Before and Beyond the Greeks


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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 274 pages
  • 152.4 x 215.9 x 20.3mm | 385.56g
  • State University of New York Press
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • 2ill.
  • 0791461009
  • 9780791461006
  • 1,882,291

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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."

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About Carol S. Lipson

Carol S. Lipson is Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at Syracuse University.Roberta A. Binkley is Lecturer in English at Arizona State University.

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