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By George A. Kennedy

George Kennedy's 3 volumes on classical rhetoric have lengthy been considered as authoritative remedies of the topic. This new quantity, an in depth revision and abridgment of The artwork of Persuasion in Greece, The artwork of Rhetoric within the Roman World, and Greek Rhetoric less than Christian Emperors, presents a complete background of classical rhetoric, person who is bound to develop into a regular for its time.

Kennedy starts off through determining the rhetorical positive aspects of early Greek literature that expected the formula of "metarhetoric," or a concept of rhetoric, within the 5th and fourth centuries b.c.e. after which lines the improvement of that concept throughout the Greco-Roman interval. He supplies an account of the educating of literary and oral composition in colleges, and of Greek and Latin oratory because the fundamental rhetorical style. He additionally discusses the overlapping disciplines of historical philosophy and faith and their interplay with rhetoric. the result's a wide and interesting historical past of classical rhetoric that may end up in particular valuable for college kids and for others who wish an summary of classical rhetoric in condensed form.

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In this passage three different strands in the early history of rhetoric seem to be interwoven. Although Plato’s sources are published “books,” no one book contained the whole picture that Socrates constructs. One strand can be clearly isolated: the lexicographical works attributed to Protagoras, Polus, and Licymnius, which taken together apparently catalogued different types of diction on the basis of meaning or form and provided lists of examples. A second strand seems to be inventional or stylistic usages to be found in writings of Evenus, Gorgias, and Thrasymachus.

Plato, Apology 26d–e. , Readings from Classical Rhetoric, 38–42. 23 See Havelock, The Literate Revolution, and Cole, Origins of Rhetoric. 21 27 CHAPTER TWO tics of the great “speeches” of Isocrates, which were the result of painstaking revision and published as written pamphlets rather than delivered orally. Demosthenes and other orators began to publish revised, written versions of their speeches to reach a wider audience. Aristotle, in contrast to Socrates and Plato, relied heavily on writing.

Public address in Greece was almost exclusively a male function. Women did not study in rhetorical schools, nor did they speak in law courts and assemblies. Some probably acquired an understanding of rhetoric from written texts and from hearing ceremonial oratory. That Greeks regarded women as capable of eloquence is clear from Greek epic and tragedy, which includes speeches assigned to women of the heroic past, and from comedies of Aristophanes, especially Lysistrata, in which woman are imagined as speakers in contemporary Athens.

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