Presents an overview of the social, cultural and intellectual factors that influenced the development and growth of rhetoric during the classical period. This work analyzes rhetoric from the Sophists through St Augustine. It includes Gorgias' "Palamedes", Antiphon's "Truth", Isocrates' "Helen", and Plato's "Protagoras".
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. This work: 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; and, includes study guides to help students develop multiple perspectives on the material, stimulate critical thinking, and provide starting points for dialogue. Highlights include Gorgias' "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.
Acknowledgments Introduction Part I: Classical Greek Rhetoric 1. Introduction to Greek Rhetoric 2. Female Voices 3. The Sophists 4. Plato on Philosophy and Rhetoric 5. Aristotle and the Systemization of Rhetoric Part II: Classical Roman Rhetoric 6. Introduction to Roman Rhetoric and Oratory 7. Cicero and the Latinization of Greek Rhetoric 8. Horace and the Revival of Poetry 9. Quintilian the Educator 10. The End of the Classical Period: Libanius and Augustine References Sources Index