Classical Rhetoric & Its Christian & Secular Tradition from Ancient to Modern Times

Classical Rhetoric & Its Christian & Secular Tradition from Ancient to Modern Times

Classical Rhetoric & Its Christian & Secular Tradition from Ancient to Modern Times

Classical Rhetoric & Its Christian & Secular Tradition from Ancient to Modern Times

Synopsis

Since its original publication by UNC Press in 1980, this book has provided thousands of students with a concise introduction and guide to the history of the classical tradition in rhetoric, the ancient but ever vital art of persuasion.

Now, George Kennedy offers a thoroughly revised and updated edition of Classical Rhetoric and Its Christian and Secular Tradition. From its development in ancient Greece and Rome, through its continuation and adaptation in Europe and America through the Middle Ages and Renaissance, to its enduring significance in the twentieth century, he traces the theory and practice of classical rhetoric through history. At each stage of the way, he demonstrates how new societies modified classical rhetoric to fit their needs.

For this edition, Kennedy has updated the text and the bibliography to incorporate new scholarship; added sections relating to women orators and rhetoricians throughout history; and enlarged the discussion of rhetoric in America, Germany, and Spain. He has also included more information about historical and intellectual contexts to assist the reader in understanding the tradition of classical rhetoric.

Excerpt

For twenty years this book has been a popular and useful introduction to the history of the rhetorical tradition in the West for students in colleges and universities and for general readers. In thoroughly revising it, I have taken account of much new scholarship that has appeared since the original publication, changed some of my own views as the result of further study, given greater attention to rhetorical study in Spain, and added discussion of women who have contributed to the history of rhetoric, a subject that had been little studied at the time of the first edition. I am grateful to the readers of the first edition who encouraged me to make this revision, to The University of North Carolina Press for its willingness to undertake a new edition, and to members of the Press staff who have assisted in preparing it.

George A. Kennedy Fort Collins, Colorado March 9, 1998 . . .

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