By William Dominik, Jon Hall

ISBN-10: 1405120916

ISBN-13: 9781405120913

A significant other to Roman Rhetoric introduces the reader to the wide-ranging significance of rhetoric in Roman tradition.

  • A advisor to Roman rhetoric from its origins to the Renaissance and past
  • Comprises 32 unique essays through top overseas students
  • Explores significant figures Cicero and Quintilian in-depth
  • Covers a extensive variety of issues reminiscent of rhetoric and politics, gender, prestige, self-identity, schooling, and literature
  • Provides feedback for additional analyzing on the finish of every bankruptcy
  • Includes a thesaurus of technical phrases and an index of right names and rhetorical suggestions

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84). One of the primary problems with Stoic rhetoric – as later Latin authors received it – was precisely the tension produced by its refusal to engage with the standards of rhetorical ‘‘ornamentation’’ as promoted by the Academics and the Peripatetics. The Stoic desiderata of brevity and austerity of speech were highly attractive to a Roman cultural elite that saw itself representative of a kind of ‘‘natural’’ and straightforward manner of expression (thus Cato’s rem tene, verba sequentur, ‘‘seize on the subject, the words will follow,’’ Iulius Victor 17; Halm 1863: 374).

Vickers’ wideranging study presents both a survey of the history of rhetoric from antiquity to the Renaissance and a justification of the interest of rhetoric as a field of study. Vickers’ account of rhetoric’s history is an explicitly teleological one that treats it as a continuous phenomenon, one born in Greece, nurtured in Rome (though with some missteps along the way: Vickers 1988: 29–38 finds fault with Cicero’s theorizing), interrupted in the Middle Ages (on which see Vickers 1988: 214–53), and revived in the Renaissance.

In 161 BCE, in the consulship of Gaius Fannius Strabo and Marcus Valerius Messalla, the praetor Marcus Pomponius sought the advice of the senate on the matter of Greek Rhetoric Meets Rome 29 Greek philosophers and rhetoricians at that time present in Rome. Discussion was held – we sadly have no details regarding the length, heatedness, or content of such – and at the end of the proceedings Pomponius was charged with arranging and providing for their expulsion from the city (animadverteret curaretque .

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