An Introduction to Classical Rhetoric: Essential Readings

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John Wiley & Sons, May 4, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 544 pages
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An anthology of primary texts in translation, An Introduction to Classical Rhetoric offers an overview of the social, cultural, and intellectual factors that influenced the development and growth of rhetoric during the classical period.
  • Uses primary source material to analyze rhetoric from the Sophists through St. Augustine
  • Provides an in-depth introduction to the period, as well as introductions to each author and each selection
  • Includes study guides to help students develop multiple perspectives on the material, stimulate critical thinking, and provide starting points for dialogue
  • Highlights include Gorgias's Palamedes, Antiphon's Truth, Isocrates' Helen, and Plato's Protagoras
  • Each selection is followed by suggested writing topics and a short list of suggested additional readings.
  

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Read a few chapters from this for school. I didn't read the whole thing, but what I did was interesting and useful enough. Read full review

Contents

Introduction to Greek Rhetoric
9
Plato on Rhetoric
32
Female Voices
37
The Sophists
51
Plato on Philosophy and Rhetoric
108
Aristotle and the Systemization of Rhetoric
222
Introduction to Roman Rhetoric and Oratory
273
Cicero and the Latinization of Greek Rhetoric
316
Horace and the Revival of Poetry
376
Quintilian the Educator
392
Libanius and Augustine
416
Introduction to Augustine c 354430 ad
449
References
527
Sources
536
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James D. Williams is Professor of Rhetoric & Linguistics and a former Director of the Writing Program at Soka University. He is the author of many books, including The Teacher's Grammar Book (2e, 2005) and Visions and Revisions: Continuity and Change in Rhetoric and Composition (2002).

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