A Companion to Greek Rhetoric

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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  • Paperback | 632 pages
  • 176 x 240 x 34mm | 1,120g
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chichester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 144433414X
  • 9781444334142
  • 602,728

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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 viii Preface: For Readers and Reviewers x Notes xii Abbreviations xiii Speeches of the Attic Orators xiv Part I Setting the Scene 1 1 Rhetorical Questions 3 Edward Schiappa and Jim Hamm 2 Modern Interpretations of Classical Greek Rhetoric 16 Takis Poulakos Part II Rhetoric: A Brief History 25 3 Background and Origins: Oratory and Rhetoric before the Sophists 27 Michael Gagarin 4 Gorgias the Sophist and Early Rhetoric 37 Jeroen A.E. Bons 5 Alcidamas 47 Michael Edwards 6 Isocrates 58 Terry L. Papillon 7 Plato s Rhetoric 75 Harvey Yunis 8 The Rhetoric to Alexander 90 P. Chiron 9 Aristotle s Art of Rhetoric 107 W.W. Fortenbaugh 10 Hellenistic Rhetoric in Theory and Practice 124 John Vanderspoel 11 The New World Order: Greek Rhetoric in Rome 139 Joy Connolly 12 Rhetoric in Byzantium 166 Elizabeth Jeffreys Part III Rhetoric and Speeches 185 13 The Parts of the Speech 187 Michael de Brauw 14 Forensic Oratory 203 Craig Cooper 15 Symbouleutic Oratory 220 Stephen Usher 16 Epideictic Oratory 236 Christopher Carey Part IV Rhetoric: Political, Social and Intellectual Contexts 253 17 Rhetoric and Politics in Classical Greece: Rise of the Rhe-tores 255 Ian Worthington 18 Rhetoric and Persuasion in the Hellenistic World: Speaking up for the Polis 272 Andrew Erskine 19 Rhetoric and the Law 286 James P. Sickinger 20 Rhetoric and Education 303 Teresa Morgan 21 Rhetoric and Religion 320 Ken Dowden 22 Rhetoric and Language 336 A. Lopez Eire 23 Rhetoric and Logic 350 James Allen 24 Rhetoric and Knowledge 365 Tobias Reinhardt 25 Rhetoric and Ethics from the Sophists to Aristotle 378 Jane M. Day 26 Rhetoric, Manliness and Contest 393 Joseph Roisman 27 Rhetoric and Emotion 411 David Konstan Part V Rhetoric and Literature 427 28 Right Rhetoric in Homer 429 Hanna M. Roisman 29 Hesiod s Rhetorical Art 447 Jenny Strauss Clay 30 Acts of Persuasion in Hellenistic Epic: Honey-Sweet Words in Apollonius 458 Anatole Mori 31 Rhetoric and Tragedy: Weapons of Mass Persuasion 473 Marianne McDonald 32 Attic Comedy and the Development of Theoretical Rhetoric 490 Thomas K. Hubbard 33 Rhetoric and Lyric Poetry 509 William H. Race 34 Rhetoric and the Novel: Sex, Lies and Sophistic 526 Ruth Webb 35 Rhetoric and Historiography 542 Matthew Fox and Niall Livingstone Bibliography 562 Index 594
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"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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