Rhetoric and Poetics in Antiquity

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Oxford University Press, Jul 13, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 416 pages
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This book offers a counter-traditional account of the history of both rhetoric and poetics. In reply to traditional rhetorical histories, which view "rhetoric" primarily as an art of practical civic oratory, the book argues in four extended essays that epideictic-poetic eloquence was central, even fundamental, to the rhetorical tradition in antiquity. In essence, Jeffrey Walker's study accomplishes what in the world of rhetoric studies amounts to a revolution: he demonstrates that in antiquity rhetoric and poetry could not be viewed separately.
 

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Contents

RHETORIC IN LATER ANTIQUITY A SHORT REVISIONIST HISTORY
43
RHETORICAL POETICS ARGUMENTATION IN ARCHAIC LYRIC
137
THE FATE OF POETRY
275
Notes
331

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