George A. Kennedy's A New History of Classical Rhetoric PDF

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 intensive 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 finished background of classical rhetoric, person who is certain to develop into a customary for its time.

Kennedy starts off through choosing the rhetorical beneficial properties 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 advance of that conception in the course of the Greco-Roman interval. He supplies an account of the instructing of literary and oral composition in faculties, and of Greek and Latin oratory because the basic rhetorical style. He additionally discusses the overlapping disciplines of historic philosophy and faith and their interplay with rhetoric. the result's a extensive and interesting heritage of classical rhetoric that may turn out in particular priceless for college students and for others who wish an outline of classical rhetoric in condensed form.

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Cleon, who supported the more severe punish12 In the Greek this phrase employs the Gorgianic figures of isocolon and homoeoteleuton. Since the speech was given three years before the arrival of Gorgias in Athens, we should probably attribute the use of these figures to Thucydides rather than to Pericles. 13 The most detailed discussion of the speech and its cultural context is now that by Loraux, The Invention of Athens. 22 PERSUASION IN GREEK LITERATURE ment, argues that it is not only “just” but “expedient” in that it will avoid future revolts.

35–46). Pericles apparently used the occasion of the speech to set out the cultural ideals that made Athens great in the fifth century: patriotism, freedom under the law, self-confidence, versatility, and reliance on public debate to determine policy. In a famous passage he is made to say, “We culti21 CHAPTER TWO vate refinement without extravagance and knowledge without effeminacy;12 wealth we employ more for use than for show, and place the real disgrace of poverty not in owning to the fact but in declining the struggle against it.

20 PERSUASION IN GREEK LITERATURE with Paris for one of four reasons: by fate and the will of the gods; because she was taken by force; because she was persuaded by speech; or because she was overcome by love. In each case he seeks to show that she was blameless. Isocrates later wrote another “encomium” of Helen. In the introduction he criticizes Gorgias’ speech on the ground that it is not truly an encomium: it defends Helen against charges but does not then go on to praise her in a positive way, as Isocrates seeks to do.

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