A Companion to Roman Rhetoric by William Dominik, Jon Hall

By William Dominik, Jon Hall

A significant other to Roman Rhetoric introduces the reader to the wide-ranging significance of rhetoric in Roman tradition.

  • A consultant to Roman rhetoric from its origins to the Renaissance and past
  • Comprises 32 unique essays through prime overseas students
  • Explores significant figures Cicero and Quintilian in-depth
  • Covers a extensive diversity of issues equivalent to rhetoric and politics, gender, prestige, self-identity, schooling, and literature
  • Provides feedback for extra examining on the finish of every bankruptcy
  • Includes a thesaurus of technical phrases and an index of right names and rhetorical recommendations

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As the ‘‘profession’’ of rhetoric moved into the limelight as a newly rigorous and theoretical mode of intellectual investigation, rhetorical study in this period took a dominant place in the school curriculum of the young men of the Greek world. To a certain extent, a degree of rhetorical training had been an element in the education of the more privileged classes since the fifth century. But whereas before such advanced training had been primarily the realm of the sophists, in the Hellenistic period the study of rhetoric – in concert with, and to a certain extent predicated upon, grammatical training – became marked as the sine qua non of upper-class education and elevated cultural position.

This ‘‘linguistic turn’’ (to borrow a phrase from the philosopher Richard Rorty) in the humanities and social sciences emphasized the notion that there is no way to get beyond language: the world as we know it comes to us as a linguistic phenomenon. 14 John Dugan The return of rhetoric from the periphery to the center of literary study can be seen as a part of a large-scale narrative of the recuperation of rhetoric in the wake of Romantic condemnation of it as an art of deception and a cobweb-cluttered warehouse of dusty tropes (see Bender and Wellbery 1990b).

Instead of uncritically reprising the implicit hierarchies within the ancient critical tradition, modern approaches elide the issue of evaluation and instead examine the various refractions of the rhetorical tradition as equally valuable cultural artifacts. The habits of the cultural anthropologist have replaced the traditional literary critic. So too rhetorical studies have embraced the breaking down of boundaries between rhetoric and other genres, exploring their mutual penetration (rhetoric and poetry, rhetoric and historiography).

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