A Companion to Greek Rhetoric

A Companion to Greek Rhetoric

Language: English

Pages: 632

ISBN: 144433414X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

This complete guide to ancient Greek rhetoric is exceptional both in its chronological range and the breadth of topics it covers.

  • Traces the rise of rhetoric and its uses from Homer to Byzantium
  • Covers wider-ranging topics such as rhetoric's relationship to knowledge, ethics, religion, law, and emotion
  • Incorporates new material giving us fresh insights into how the Greeks saw and used rhetoric
  • Discusses the idea of rhetoric and examines the status of rhetoric studies, present and future
  • All quotations from ancient sources are translated into English




















MA: 1975), M. Detienne’s The Masters of Truth in Ancient Greece (New York: 1996) and A. Lentz’s Orality and Literacy in Hellenic Greece (Carbondale, Ill: 1989). By assuming a development model, according to which rhetoric was initially a sub-genre of poetry, be it poetic eloquence or protorhetoric, on its way to a more fully developed phase, the logic characterizing these studies paved the way for Cole and Schiappa to argue that rhetoric could only be considered fully developed at the point when

even critical reviewers. I have a number of people to thank. I was delighted when Al Bertrand at Blackwell invited me to edit this Companion, and my thanks go to him, as they do to Sophie Gibson and Angela Cohen at Blackwell for their support. I am very grateful to Annette Abel, whose keen eye at the copy-editing stage saved this book from many errors and inconsistencies. I am indebted to the contributors to this book, not only for agreeing to write on their topics in the first place (and doing

sentence, therefore, is saying that (almost as a prefiguration of postmodern philosophy) the speech is to be taken both seriously and not.8 4 One of the four arguments exonerating Helen is that she was persuaded and her mind deceived by speech (logos). The spoken word aiming at persuasion switches off the free will of the hearer by aiming at and manipulating his emotions. Persuasion takes the form of deceit: the word used is apate¯, etymologically ‘leading astray’. The term refers to the

the just man; and the myth of Er (614b–621b). These devices are a shortcut for readers who are not up to the rigors of unadulterated argument on abstract concepts. The simile of the sun, for instance, substitutes for an argument on the good that Socrates cannot give now, but hopes to give on another occasion (506e–507a). These devices utilize the affective potential of rhetorical art to inculcate not philosophical knowledge but philosophical values. They correspond to the sanitized myths,

judicial exordia and more ancient texts (tragic texts in particular) shows that the request is expressed in a fairly codified way and probably corresponds to a kind of ritual inherited from the ancient supplication practices.7 Another striking example of the practical integration of the treatise into the context of Athens in the classical period is a precept that clearly refers to the activity of the sycophant. The rhetorician defines the plausible as the coincidence between what the orator says

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