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The Unremarkable Life of Phoinix the Thessalian Sophist

From Philostratus, Lives of the Sophists 22

“Phoinix the Thessalian is neither worthy of admiration nor, however, of being ignored completely. He was one of the students of Philagros, and he was better at invention than investigation—for although his thought was ordered, and he never said anything inappropriate to the moment, his style of speech seemed disconnected and out of rhythm. 73 more words



In my rhetoric I forgot the death in the throat, a vanishing death in the smallness of night hours .All is forgot, as not belonging,a bundle of clothes left behind ,a knot of a loin-string in the dark ,a death of life, slowly whistling from the dusty trees of mountains. 129 more words

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain

One of the fascinating things to me about the Presidential race this year is the fact that the candidates themselves are calling attention to the machinations behind politics. 373 more words


Emerson's Essays: experimental experience

Emerson’s “American Scholar” (published individually in 1837) and “Circles” (1841, from his first book of essays, Essays: First Series) are not entirely essays about the essay. 1,049 more words

Class Reflection

The Mediaeval Trivium and Education in Britain today.

The Medieval Trivium and Education in Britain.

The trivium was the first three parts of the medieval classical education model of seven parts.  In themselves the parts of the trivium (without the addition of the quadrivium which were more narrowly knowledge based) provide a model of knowledge and learning which can be applied to formal western institutional education. 1,184 more words

Current Issues In Education

Rhetorical Devices: Antithesis

This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link.

Device: Antithesis… 301 more words


How to Unpack a Bad Argument

Powerful speakers use confidence and self assurance, a quick flow of words and a cutting and acerbic manner to establish themselves as experts and leaders. Too often, their views are internally inconsistent and their arguments flawed. 1,605 more words

Literature And Poetry