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 significance of rhetoric in Roman tradition.

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

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Rhetorical schooling does not simply mold the elite’s youth into their proper roles as mature agents within society; it also provides guidelines for those outside the ruling classes with the linguistic protocols for their social advancement. Such is the thesis of Sinclair’s investigation of how the anonymous first-century BCE Modern Critical Approaches to Roman Rhetoric 17 treatise Rhetorica ad Herennium provides its reader with the clues to successfully ‘‘ ‘speak the language’ of his social superiors’’ (Sinclair 1993: 561).

229, Brut. ), it was more moderately judged by others (Quint. Inst. 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).

These declamations show several qualities which used to be routinely disparaged in Latin literary studies but which have now become more favorably evaluated. A series of related hierarchies becomes questioned in the study of declamation (‘‘real’’ oratory over ‘‘fiction’’; authenticity over insincerity; and, as we have seen, ‘‘golden’’ republican oratory over its ‘‘silver’’ imperial counterpart; Cicero over his decadent successors). The revival of these exercises as an important area of inquiry reverses these tidy assumptions, signaling a sea-change in the way that Roman rhetoric is now studied.

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