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History of Rhetoric, Weeks 8-12: Cicero, Quintilian, and the Roman tradition

As we move from ancient Greece to Rome, we see a number of shifts in how rhetoric is talked about and taught. While ancient Athenian rhetoric’s value was debated for its ability to have citizens participate in civic life, Roman rhetoric was oriented more towards the administration of the empire. 760 more words

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History of Rhetoric, Week 4: Plato's "Phaedrus"

Hello! It has been quite a while since I last updated, so I have a major backlog of rhetorical history to catch up on and blog about. 880 more words

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Phaedrus and The History of Rhetoric

Plato, whether unintentionally or deliberately, very clearly categorized the practice of rhetoric into three analogies – that of the non-lover, that of the selfish/evil lover, and that of the noble/good lover. 367 more words

History of Rhetoric, Week 3: Plato's "Gorgias"

We continue reading Plato this week, this time taking a deep dive into the Gorgias, and attempting to situate it between two primary commentators, James Kastely and Michael Svoboda. 1,868 more words

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History of Rhetoric, Week 2: Reading Plato

After our first week with the Sophists and Gorgias’ “Encomium,” we turn this week to Plato and his accounts of Socrates’ refutations of sophistry and speech-making. 1,283 more words

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History of Rhetoric, Week 1: The Sophists

To begin reading a history of rhetoric, it makes sense to begin with the Sophists of Ancient Greece, many of whom helped found the discipline and provided the heuristics that guide the instruction in and practice of rhetoric to this day. 872 more words

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