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

On Aristotle Nicomachean Ethics 1-4, 7-8 (Ancient Commentators on Aristotle)

The Trojan Women (Greek Tragedy in New Translations)














and indeed the one who deceives is more correct, because he does what he promises; and the one who is deceived is more wise, because that which is not insensible is easily carried away by the pleasure of words’ (On the Glory of the Athenians 348c). The point Gorgias is making, according to Pseudo-Plutarch (probably correctly), is that the audience should hold the illusionary reality of the stage for the time of the performance for a kind of truth. This does not amount to falseness, because both

forth. To answer the question of whether such a broad scope is a problem, consider an analogy with the terms ‘physics’ and ‘physical’. One of the most important moments in Western intellectual history is when a group we now call presocratic philosophers broke from the tradition of understanding and describing the world in purely religious terms and started to describe the world as physis, nature. Their explanations were monistic: Everything has a ‘physical’ basis that can be understood. Not

Plato’s most ambitious work, Socrates attempts to convince his interlocutors, Glaucon and Adimantus, that it always pays to be just under all conditions. Plato is making the same case to his readers, urging them too to adopt a just way of life under the guidance of philosophy. As a work of philosophical literature disseminated in the public realm, the Republic constitutes an attempt – an improbable one, but nevertheless a serious one – to foster the very situation that would enable the just city

Republic (Cambridge: 2007). Doubting the argument is a common problem in Plato’s dialogues, in response to which he has a number of strategies: see K. Gaiser, Protreptik und Para¨nese bei Platon (Stuttgart: 1959). A Companion to Greek Rhetoric Edited by Ian Worthington Copyright © 2007 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd CHAPTER EIGHT The Rhetoric to Alexander P. Chiron For the Greeks, the fourth century is the golden age of rhetoric in both its practical and theoretical dimensions. Besides the

development of reputation. The best extant ancient treatment of declamation is the work of the Elder Seneca in Latin early in the first century AD. He provides numerous examples of the types of situations set before students and orators, and discusses how different orators treated the same ‘case’ set before them. Since many of his examples reflect Greek persons and situations, it is clear that these had become standard in the Hellenistic period and that students and orators in the Greek-speaking

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