A Companion to Roman Rhetoric by William Dominik, Jon Hall

By William Dominik, Jon Hall

A better half to Roman Rhetoric introduces the reader to the wide-ranging value of rhetoric in Roman tradition.

  • A advisor to Roman rhetoric from its origins to the Renaissance and past
  • Comprises 32 unique essays via best foreign students
  • Explores significant figures Cicero and Quintilian in-depth
  • Covers a wide diversity of themes similar to rhetoric and politics, gender, prestige, self-identity, schooling, and literature
  • Provides feedback for extra interpreting on the finish of every bankruptcy
  • Includes a thesaurus of technical phrases and an index of right names and rhetorical thoughts

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The teachings of the professional grammarians centered on the analysis and commentary of the poets; those of the rhetoricians, by contrast, focused more keenly on the works of the orators and theorized on the compositional problems of written and spoken persuasion. Both fields of study are, it should be noted, equally important products of the intensely ‘‘textual’’ quality of the Hellenistic age – both grammar and rhetoric benefited singularly from the new emphasis on the collection, analysis, and comparison of texts by which these years are marked – and in practice there was likely much overlap in the disciplines.

In the culturally and intellectually rich environment of a newly ‘‘text interested’’ Alexandria, however, the Peripatetic Museum became a school of an altogether different type: one that focused on the sort of abstract analysis and close comparison of texts that could not likely have occurred in prior years. The Stoic rhetoricians, though never as influential to the topics of style and delivery as the Peripatetics, nevertheless contributed greatly to the development of Hellenistic rhetoric and became especially important to its later reception at Rome.

Of the other formal philosophical schools active at the time, none are of so great importance as the Peripatetics and Stoics. The Academics, it is true, wrote on the topic of rhetoric but were not exceptionally influential to the later period. The Epicureans, by contrast, were on the whole fairly hostile to the study of rhetoric and, save Philodemus (whose handbook On Rhetoric was indeed influential in the rhetorical development of the late republic, cf. Gaines 2004), were of little or no import to the later development of the discipline.

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