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Ancient Rhetoric and Oratory by Thomas N. Habinek


Ancient Rhetoric and Oratory by Thomas N. Habinek

This book introduces readers to the ancient rhetorical tradition by investigating key questions about the origins, nature and importance of rhetoric. It explores the role of the orator, especially the two greatest figures of the tradition, Demosthenes and Cicero; investigates the place of rhetoric at the center of ancient education; considers the role of rhetoric since the end of antiquity; and, includes a glossary of proper names and technical terms. The book also includes a chronological table of political events, authors, orators, and rhetorical works; and suggestions for further reading.


Marrying originality and theoretical broadmindedness with the virtues of a learned survey, Habinek brings the reader face to face with the aesthetic, political, and philosophical vitality of ancient rhetoric and oratory. Joy Connolly, New York University

More than a compact history of ancient rhetoric, Habinek's Ancient Rhetoric and Oratory is a revelatory analysis of its social functions and an energetic defense of its democratic potential. Steve Johnstone, University of Arizona Habinek's experience and mature scholarship are manifest in the production of this work. It is fairly comprehensive, but even in areas in which it chooses to be selective, the choice is judicious... I would recommend this book to senior undergraduates and graduate students of history of rhetoric. Scholia

About the Author

Thomas Habinek is Professor of Classics at the University of Southern California. He is the author of The Politics of Latin Literature: Writing, Identity, and Empire (1998) and the editor of The Roman Cultural Revolution (1997).

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Publication date

29th September 2004


Thomas N. Habinek

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Blackwell Publishers an imprint of John Wiley and Sons Ltd


144 pages


Literary studies: classical, early & medieval



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