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A New History of Classical Rhetoric

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
George Kennedy's three volumes on classical rhetoric have long been regarded as authoritative treatments of the subject. This new volume, an extensive revision and abridgment of The Art of Persuasion in Greece, The Art of Rhetoric in the Roman World, and Greek Rhetoric under Christian Emperors, provides a comprehensive history of classical rhetoric, one that is sure to b ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 6th 1994 by Princeton University Press (first published January 1st 1994)
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Eric
Nov 17, 2013 Eric rated it liked it
Kennedy’s text covers the history of rhetoric from its emergence as peitho (persuasion) in pre-Socratic Greek literature through the early Middle Ages. Glossing rhetoric as “a specific cultural subset … of the power of words and their potential to affect a situation in which they are used or received” (3), Kennedy moves through peitho and logos to Socrates’ use of rhetorike in the Gorgias and Phaedrus. His earlier chapters also consider Gorgias himself, “whose … refusal of closure, highly ...more
Mary
Aug 03, 2011 Mary rated it really liked it
Shelves: rhetoric
For some reason, this is the book everyone loves to hate: either Kennedy is neglecting the contributions of medieval rhetoric (Woods), or ancient non-Greek rhetorics (Diab), or something else that someone finds important. Granted the tenor of this book is Christian, Classicalist and generally traditionalist, but that doesn’t mean that Kennedy somehow failed us.
What is most useful to me of this is Kennedy’s emphasis on the connection between education and rhetorical scholarship. I wonder if this
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Melanie
Jan 31, 2016 Melanie rated it really liked it
In just under 300 pages, this book covers the progression of a millennium's worth of great rhetoricians. It's a solid survey of rhetoric, from the inchoate attempts to systematize "the science of speaking" in 5th century Syracuse and Athens, to the "conversion" of rhetoric for use by early and medieval Christian apologists and homileticians, and (almost) everything in between. After thoroughly enjoying Kennedy's translation and commentary on Aristotle's On Rhetoric, I was looking forward to ...more
Megan
Aug 21, 2012 Megan added it
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About as exciting as it looks. I'm taking a contemporary rhetorical theory class this fall though, so thought I'd try to brush up on the ancient Greeks. So far, a good overview.
Sarah
Oct 19, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: academic-general
An excellent overview. Not ideal for someone wanting depth, but Kennedy's earlier works provide that, and this book has ample references to other detailed sources as well.
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learned, helpful, informative, while being extremely boring as well
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Not for beginners but a provides a good foundation of classical rhetoric.
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