By Ian Worthington
This whole consultant to historical Greek rhetoric is outstanding either in its chronological diversity and the breadth of subject matters it covers.
* lines the increase of rhetoric and its makes use of from Homer to Byzantium* Covers wider-ranging issues reminiscent of rhetoric's dating to wisdom, ethics, faith, legislations, and emotion* comprises new fabric giving us clean insights into how the Greeks observed and used rhetoric* Discusses the belief of rhetoric and examines the prestige of rhetoric stories, current and destiny* All quotations from historical assets are translated into English
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212–223): When it came time for each to speak in public And weave a spell of wisdom with their words, Menelaus spoke fluently enough, to the point And very clearly, but briefly, since he is not A man of many words. Being older, he spoke first. Then Odysseus, the master strategist, rose quickly, But just stood there, his eyes fixed on the ground. He did not move his staff forward or backward But held it steady. You would have thought him A dull, surly lout without any wit. But when he Opened his mouth and projected his voice The words fell down like snowflakes in a blizzard.
Athenian history, with its plentiful examples of sound decision making and good judgments in political deliberation, offered countless opportunities to witness doxa in its best possible renderings. Isocrates points to Solon, Cleisthenes, and Pericles as men in the distant past who had repeatedly reached sound decisions, had spoken eloquently and persuasively, and had advocated courses of action that conferred the greatest benefits on their fellow Athenians. 231). Isocrates’ move to history enabled him to offer a pragmatic solution to the problem of doxa.
Two special issues of the journal Rhetoric Society Quarterly are devoted to feminist readings and feminist historiography of rhetoric, Vol. 22, edited by S. Jarratt (1992), and Vol. 32, edited by P. Bizzell (2002). A Companion to Greek Rhetoric Edited by Ian Worthington Copyright © 2007 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd PART II Rhetoric: A Brief History A Companion to Greek Rhetoric Edited by Ian Worthington Copyright © 2007 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd CHAPTER THREE Background and Origins: Oratory and Rhetoric before the Sophists Michael Gagarin Before we can trace the origins of rhetoric we must first determine just what it is we are looking for.