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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 in depth revision and abridgment of The paintings of Persuasion in Greece, The artwork of Rhetoric within the Roman World, and Greek Rhetoric less than Christian Emperors, offers a accomplished historical past of classical rhetoric, person who is bound to turn into a customary for its time.

Kennedy starts off by means of determining the rhetorical gains of early Greek literature that expected the formula of "metarhetoric," or a conception of rhetoric, within the 5th and fourth centuries b.c.e. after which strains the improvement of that thought throughout the Greco-Roman interval. He offers 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 wide and fascinating background of classical rhetoric that might turn out particularly priceless for college students and for others who wish an summary of classical rhetoric in condensed form.

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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. The most famous passage in Gorgias’ Encomium is that referred to at the beginning of this chapter in which Gorgias celebrates the power of logos, which he compares to the effect of drugs on the body.

Cf. the remarks of Gorgias in the magical qualities of speech in Encomium of Helen 10. PERSUASION IN GREEK LITERATURE The passage in On Sophistical Refutations continues (184a) with criticism of sophists like Gorgias who “gave their students speeches to learn by heart, either ‘rhetorical’ speeches or those consisting of questions [and answers], in which they thought the arguments of each side occurred. ” It thus seems possible to distinguish two traditions in the development of rhetoric in the fifth century: one is the tradition of the sophists, who taught mainly by example and imitation, not by providing precepts and rules, and whose epideictic speeches exemplified methods of inquiry but often dealt with issues of some philosophical significance; the other is the more pedestrian, less philosophical tradition of the handbook.

De (“one the one hand, . . but on the other . ”), from the fondness of the Greeks for contrasting figures like Prometheus and Epimetheus, and from the symmetry favored by Greek artists, most notably in architectural pediments. Antithesis as a stylistic device is a counterpart to 18 See Finley, “The Origins of Thucydides’ Style,” 82–84. 25 CHAPTER TWO argument on two sides of an issue as practiced by sophists or as seen in the debates in drama and in Thucydides’ History. Styles were also being described for the first time.

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