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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 intensive revision and abridgment of The artwork of Persuasion in Greece, The artwork of Rhetoric within the Roman World, and Greek Rhetoric lower than Christian Emperors, presents a accomplished background of classical rhetoric, person who is bound to turn into a customary for its time.

Kennedy starts off by means of deciding on 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 improvement of that concept in the course of the Greco-Roman interval. He offers an account of the instructing of literary and oral composition in colleges, and of Greek and Latin oratory because the basic rhetorical style. He additionally discusses the overlapping disciplines of old philosophy and faith and their interplay with rhetoric. the result's a vast and interesting heritage of classical rhetoric that might turn out specifically invaluable for college kids and for others who wish an outline of classical rhetoric in condensed form.

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30–35) four “signs” of this heightened conciousness were identified and seem worth summarizing here; all have been touched upon earlier. The first three are factors in the early development of three of the five parts of rhetoric identified in chapter one: invention, arrangement, and style. 17 They include, of course, great reliance on argument from probablity, based on the assumption of universal characteristics of human nature. These arguments not only can be found in the political discourse of the fifth century but are often used 16 17 24 Cf.

An important factor in the development of rhetoric in Greece, only recently recognized, is the increased use of writing beginning in the second half of the fifth century. Forms of syllabic writing, called “Linear A and B,” had been used for administrative and commercial records in Greece in the 19 26 On the development of stylistic theory, see O’Sullivan, Alcidamas, Aristophanes. C. A form of the Phoenician alphabet was then introduced about the eighth century, again at first for practical purposes.

Phaedrus thinks it is not and says that the nature of rhetoric seems still to be elusive. The discussion continues: Socrates: What do you mean? Could there somehow be some fine thing that they (the sophists) leave out and yet is a matter of art? If there is, it deserves all due honor by you and me and we should say what really belongs to rhetoric and has been left out. Phaedrus: There are perhaps very many other things, Socrates—those in the books that have been written about the art of speech (logÉn technx).

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