A New History of Classical Rhetoric by George A. Kennedy

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 intensive revision and abridgment of The paintings of Persuasion in Greece, The artwork of Rhetoric within the Roman World, and Greek Rhetoric lower than Christian Emperors, offers a complete heritage of classical rhetoric, one who is certain to develop into a typical for its time.

Kennedy starts via picking out the rhetorical positive aspects of early Greek literature that expected the formula of "metarhetoric," or a concept of rhetoric, within the 5th and fourth centuries b.c.e. after which strains the advance of that conception throughout the Greco-Roman interval. He supplies an account of the educating of literary and oral composition in colleges, and of Greek and Latin oratory because the fundamental rhetorical style. He additionally discusses the overlapping disciplines of historical philosophy and faith and their interplay with rhetoric. the result's a large and interesting historical past of classical rhetoric that might turn out in particular worthwhile for college kids and for others who wish an summary of classical rhetoric in condensed form.

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Sophistic is defined as the counterpart to legislation and establishes pleasant but false principles in the soul; rhetoric tries to correct departure from these norms; similarly, cosmetics produces a false impression of healthiness in the body and (gourmet) 12 “Polus” was apparently the name of a real person. It means “colt,” and Plato takes advantage of this in characterizing him as young and impetuous. 24–28 refers to this view and seeks to refute it. 37 CHAPTER THREE cookery corresponds to medicine, making food taste better but not correcting illness.

25 All three affect in subtle ways the view of reality, ideas, and language. We should not, however, exaggerate the influence of writing in the history of rhetoric; it was an important tool for developing rhetorical theory in treatises and handbooks and for studying rhetorical models to be imitated. But the objective of the study of rhetoric in the classical period was primarily the ability to speak in public, including extempore speaking; only secondarily did instruction in rhetoric take on the goal of teaching students how to compose or analyze written texts.

Plato does not allow Gorgias to offer any real defense of his belief that rhetoric is an art and shows him making several tactical mistakes in argument. For example, he is led by Socrates to claim that rhetoric is “knowledge about words” (449d8–9). ” Logically he should have said “yes,” since subsequently (456b) he describes how he has accompanied his brother, a doctor, on his rounds and used rhetoric to persuade patients to undergo treatment. Under Socrates’ questioning Gorgias limits the use of rhetoric to persuasion in law courts, councils, assemblies, and other public meetings (452e).

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