Rhetoric and Centers of Power in the Greco-Roman World

Rhetoric and Centers of Power in the Greco-Roman World : From Homer to the Fall of Rome

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Rhetoric and Centers of Power in the Greco-Roman World: From Homer to the Fall of Rome traces Greco-Roman rhetoric as it evolved into a system that dramatically influences the development of Western culture. Christian and later European educational and philosophical writers drew from principles which were largely Greek in origin, although the Church encompassed many rituals that originated from early Roman pagan religions. The Greeks fashioned a theory of public expression out of the oral recitations of Homer's Iliad and the Odyssey that Romans later refined into a technical process with managerial implications. The rhetorical and historical scope of this work is roughly defined by the transformation of western rhetoric from its Homeric Greek origins to that point where the Emperor Theodosius, in A.D. 395, divided the Roman Empire between his two sons, with the "official" fall of the Roman Empire occurring in A.D. 476.show more

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  • Paperback | 234 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 362.87g
  • University Press of America
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations maps
  • 0761846115
  • 9780761846116

About John Edward Tapia

John E. Tapia, Ph.D., teaches in the area of speech communication at Missouri Western State University. Tapia has published five books, largely in the areas of rhetoric and cultural studies. His book Circuit Chautauqua, pertaining to the Chautauqua movement, received the Missouri Governor's Humanities Award in 2001 and later became the basis of a television documentary.show more

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"Dr. Tapia's perspective is unique...He makes us aware of the generative power of rhetoric...[and] handles the quarrels between Plato and Sophists in a magisterial way without the silly partisanship that has come to characterize so much postmodern scholarship." -- Andrew A. King, Louisiana State University; editor of Postmodern Political Communicationshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Acknowledgements Chapter 3 Foreword Chapter 4 Introduction Chapter 5 Chapter I: Origins of Rhetorical Theory and Practice Chapter 6 Chapter II: Greek Theory and Practice Chapter 7 Chapter III: From Greece to Rome Chapter 8 Chapter IV: Cicero's Rome Chapter 9 Chapter V: The Early Roman Empire Chapter 10 Chapter VI: The Second Sophistic Chapter 11 Chapter VII: "The Sign of the Cross" Chapter 12 Epilogue Chapter 13 Glossary Chapter 14 Works Cited Chapter 15 Select Bibliography Chapter 16 Indexshow more