A Companion to Greek Rhetoric
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This complete guide to ancient Greek rhetoric is exceptional both in its chronological range and the breadth of topics it covers. * Traces the rise of rhetoric and its uses from Homer to Byzantium * Covers wider-ranging topics such as rhetoric's relationship to knowledge, ethics, religion, law, and emotion * Incorporates new material giving us fresh insights into how the Greeks saw and used rhetoric * Discusses the idea of rhetoric and examines the status of rhetoric studies, present and future * All quotations from ancient sources are translated into English
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  • Hardback | 632 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 40mm | 1,136g
  • Blackwell Publishing Ltd
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1405125519
  • 9781405125512

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This Companion is the most comprehensive treatment of ancient Greek rhetoric available. Designed primarily for readers approaching the subject for the first time, it traces the history of rhetoric from Homer to Byzantium. It provides an overview of rhetorical theory and practice, offers accounts of the most important orators and rhetoricians, and considers rhetoric in a number of historical, social, political, intellectual, and literary contexts.


The Companion comprises a series of newly commissioned essays by experts in the field. These contributions cover traditional topics such as rhetoric's place within politics, law, and philosophy, as well as wider-ranging subjects such as rhetoric's relationship to knowledge, ethics, logic, and emotion. The volume incorporates new material providing fresh insights into how the Greeks saw and used rhetoric, and into its far-reaching effects on ancient Greek society. An introductory chapter discusses the idea of rhetoric, the status of rhetoric studies (present and future), and summarises the various chapters of the volume.
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Table of contents

Notes on Contributors. Preface: For Readers - and Reviewers. Notes. Abbreviations. Speeches of the Attic Orators. Part I: Setting the Scene. 1. Rhetorical Questions (Edward Schiappa and Jim Hamm, University of Minnesota). 2. Modern Interpretations of Classical Greek Rhetoric (Takis Poulakos, University of Iowa). Part II: Rhetoric: A Brief History. 3. Background and Origins: Oratory and Rhetoric before the Sophists (Michael Gagarin, University of Texas-Austin). 4. Gorgias the Sophist and Early Rhetoric (Jeroen A. E. Bons, University of Amsterdam). 5. Alcidamas (Michael Edwards, University of London). 6. Isocrates (Terry L. Papillon, Virginia Polytechnic institute and State University). 7. Plato's Rhetoric (Harvey Yunis, Rice University). 8. The Rhetoric to Alexander (P. Chiron, University of Paris XII-Val De Marne). 9. Aristotle's Art of Rhetoric (W.W. Fortenbaugh, Rutgers University). 10. Hellenistic Rhetoric in Theory and Practice (John Vanderspoel, University of Calgary). 11. The New World Order: Greek Rhetoric in Rome (Joy Connolly, New York University). 12. Rhetoric in Byzantium (Elizabeth Jeffreys, University of Oxford). Part III: Rhetoric and Speeches. 13. The Parts of the Speech (Michael de Brauw, Northwestern University). 14. Forensic Oratory (Craig Cooper, University of Winnipeg). 15. Symbouleutic Oratory (Stephen Usher, University of London). 16. Epideictic Oratory (Christopher Carey, University of London). Part IV: Rhetoric: Political, Social and Intellectual Contexts. 17. Rhetoric and Politics in Classical Greece: Rise of the Rhetores (Ian Worthington, University of Missouri-Columbia). 18. Rhetoric and Persuasion in the Hellenistic World: Speaking up for the Polis (Andrew Erskine, University of Edinburgh). 19. Rhetoric and the Law (James P. Sickinger, Florida State University). 20. Rhetoric and Education (Teresa Morgan, Oriel College, University of Oxford). 21. Rhetoric and Religion (Ken Dowden, University of Birmingham). 22. Rhetoric and Language (A. Lopez Eire, University of Salamanca). 23. Rhetoric and Logic (James Allen, University of Pittsburgh). 24. Rhetoric and Knowledge (Tobias Reinhardt, University of Oxford). 25. Rhetoric and Ethics from the Sophists to Aristotle (Jane M. Day, University of Oxford). 26. Rhetoric, Manliness and Contest (Joseph Roisman, Colby College). 27. Rhetoric and Emotion (David Konstan, Brown University). Part V: Rhetoric and Literature. 28. Right Rhetoric in Homer (Hanna M. Roisman, Colby College). 29. Hesiod's Rhetorical Art (Jenny Strauss Clay, University of Virginia). 30. Acts of Persuasion in Hellenistic Epic: Honey-Sweet Words in Apollonius (Anatole Mori, University of Missouri-Columbia). 31. Rhetoric and Tragedy: Weapons of Mass Persuasion (Marianne McDonald, University of California-San Diego). 32. Attic Comedy and the Development of Theoretical Rhetoric (Thomas K. Hubbard, University of Texas-Austin). 33. Rhetoric and Lyric Poetry (William H. Race, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill). 34. Rhetoric and the Novel: Sex, Lies and Sophistic (Ruth Webb, University of London). 35. Rhetoric and Historiography (Matthew Fox and Niall Livingstone, University of Birmingham). Bibliography. Index.
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"This Companion contains strong contributions... Andrew Erskine's excellent chapter on the practical side of Hellenistic rhetoric; and Teresa Moragn manages a broad coverage of rhetoric and education." (Greece & Rome, 2008) "Exploring rhetoric from a variety of sociohistorical and thematic contexts from the Homeric to the Byzantine period, this companion sets a standard that should serve the discipline for some years to come." (Choice) "The editor...has provided us with a fresh overview of important areas...in chapters that bristle with information and insight. The volume has been well edited." (Bryn Mawr Classical Review) "A well planned and constructed volume is presented in an equally well-constructed series [Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World]." (Reference Reviews)
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About Ian Worthington

Ian Worthington is Frederick A. Middlebush Professor of History at the University of Missouri-Columbia, USA. His previous publications include Demosthenes: Statesman and Orator (2000), Alexander the Great: A Reader (2003), and a biography, Alexander the Great: Man and God (2004).
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