Greek Rhetoric and Literary Criticism

Greek Rhetoric and Literary Criticism

Greek Rhetoric and Literary Criticism

Greek Rhetoric and Literary Criticism

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Aristotle's Art of Poetry has already been treated of, by Professor Lane Cooper, in this Series. The more immediate subject of the present volume is, therefore, the Art of Prose (and particularly the Art of Public Speaking) as viewed, critically and constructively, by the Greeks. But in no literature, and least of all in that of Greece, can prose be studied and appraised apart from verse. The Greeks rightly thought that, even for the prosaic politician or lawyer, there were no better models than some of the speeches found in the Iliad and the Odyssey.-- Thus much by way of explanation, if a vast and many-sided theme should seem to lack artistic unity in this slight sketch of it.

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