Rhetorical Action in Ancient Athens: Persuasive Artistry from Solon to Demosthenes

Rhetorical Action in Ancient Athens: Persuasive Artistry from Solon to Demosthenes


By (author) James Fredal

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  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 24mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 31 May 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Carbondale
  • ISBN 10: 0809325942
  • ISBN 13: 9780809325948
  • Sales rank: 1,400,550

Product description

This wide-ranging survey examines the spatial and performative features of rhetorical artistry in ancient Athens from Solon to Demosthenes, demonstrating how persuasive skill depended not on written treatises, but on the reproduction of spaces and modes for masculine self-formation and displays of contests of character

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Author information

James Fredal is an assistant professor of English at Ohio State University. He has published articles on performance studies, on the history and theory of rhetoric and classical rhetoric, and on theories of delivery, space, and practice.

Review quote

""Rhetorical Action in Ancient Greece" takes a novel and provocative approach to 'reading' the history of rhetoric. Read in the context of other recent accounts of the origins and early developments of rhetoric in ancient Greece, it takes a distinctive and, to my knowledge, unprecedented approach to reconstructing the emergence of the speaker's art. It is well written, the arguments are thought provoking and cogent, the evidence is deployed well, and the chapter arrangement is clear and logical. Drawing on a variety of respectable scholarly sources, Fredal has effectively sketched the spatial and bodily conditions from which oratorical performance sprang."--Christopher Johnstone, editor of "Theory, Text, and Context: Issues in Greek Rhetoric and Oratory"