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By William Dominik, Jon Hall

A significant other to Roman Rhetoric introduces the reader to the wide-ranging value of rhetoric in Roman tradition.

  • A consultant to Roman rhetoric from its origins to the Renaissance and past
  • Comprises 32 unique essays through major overseas students
  • Explores significant figures Cicero and Quintilian in-depth
  • Covers a large diversity of themes reminiscent of rhetoric and politics, gender, prestige, self-identity, schooling, and literature
  • Provides feedback for extra interpreting on the finish of every bankruptcy
  • Includes a thesaurus of technical phrases and an index of right names and rhetorical suggestions

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The Academics, it is true, wrote on the topic of rhetoric but were not exceptionally influential to the later period. The Epicureans, by contrast, were on the whole fairly hostile to the study of rhetoric and, save Philodemus (whose handbook On Rhetoric was indeed influential in the rhetorical development of the late republic, cf. Gaines 2004), were of little or no import to the later development of the discipline. Indeed, the final ‘‘school’’ of importance in the Hellenistic period was not a school at all, nor indeed a set rhetorical theory, but rather a group of professional rhetoricians marked (later) as decidedly non-Attic, both by their place of origin and general style of speech: the Asianists.

Instead of uncritically reprising the implicit hierarchies within the ancient critical tradition, modern approaches elide the issue of evaluation and instead examine the various refractions of the rhetorical tradition as equally valuable cultural artifacts. The habits of the cultural anthropologist have replaced the traditional literary critic. So too rhetorical studies have embraced the breaking down of boundaries between rhetoric and other genres, exploring their mutual penetration (rhetoric and poetry, rhetoric and historiography).

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