Readings from Classical Rhetoric

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Patricia P. Matsen, Philip B. Rollinson, Marion Sousa
SIU Press, 1990 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 382 pages
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Here, for the first time in one volume, are all the extant writings focusing on rhetoric that were composed before the fall of Rome.

This unique anthology of primary texts in classical rhetoric contains the work of 24 ancient writers from Homer through St. Augustine, including Herodotus, Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Quintilian, Tacitus, and Longinus.

Along with many widely recognized translations, special features include the first English translations of works by Theon and Nicolaus, as well as new translations of two works by important sophists, Gorgias’ encomium on Helen and Alcidamas’ essay on composition.

The writers are grouped chronologically into historical periods, allowing the reader to understand the scope and significance of rhetoric in antiquity. Introductions are included to each period, as well as to each writer, with writers’ biographies, major works, and salient features of excerpts.

 

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Contents

Homer
3
Greek Rhetoric
30
Alcidamas
37
Isocrates
43
Plato
58
GrecoRoman Rhetoric
161
Quintilian
209
Tacitus
237
Educational Rhetoric
251
Nicolaus
263
This
271
The Rhetoric of Style
289
Demetrius
310
The Rhetoric of Later Antiquity
349
Bibliography
380
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Patricia P. Matsen is Associate Professor of Greek and Classical Studies at the University of South Carolina.

Philip Rollinson is Professor of English at the University of South Carolina.

Marion Sousa is Assistant Professor of English at Savannah State College in Georgia.

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