On Rhetoric: A Theory of Civic Discourse

Paperback | September 26, 2006

EditorAristotleTranslated byGeorge A. Kennedy

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This new edition of George A. Kennedy's highly acclaimed translation and commentary offers the most faithful English version ever published of On Rhetoric. Based on careful study of the Greek text and informed by the best modern scholarship, the second edition has been fully revised andupdated. As in the first edition, Kennedy makes the work readily accessible to modern students by providing an insightful general introduction, helpful section introductions, a detailed outline, extensive explanatory notes, and a glossary of Aristotle's rhetorical terms. Striving to convey a senseof Aristotle's distinctive way of thinking, Kennedy preserves the meaning and technical language of the original text, explaining it in detail as opposed to simplifying it as other translations do. Updated and expanded in light of recent scholarship, the second edition features: * A revised introduction with two new sections: "The Strengths and Limitations of On Rhetoric" and "Aristotle's Original Audience and His Audience Today" * A more user-friendly format: running heads now include book and chapter numbers * An updated bibliography * Revised appendices that provide translations of new supplementary texts--Socrates' Critique of Sophistic Rhetoric; Lysias' Speech Against the Grain Dealers; two selections from Isocrates (from Against the Sophists and from the Antidosis); selections from Rhetoric for Alexander; and Demosthenes'Third Philippic--and an extensive revision of George A. Kennedy's essay "The Earliest Rhetorical Handbooks"

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This new edition of George A. Kennedy's highly acclaimed translation and commentary offers the most faithful English version ever published of On Rhetoric. Based on careful study of the Greek text and informed by the best modern scholarship, the second edition has been fully revised andupdated. As in the first edition, Kennedy makes th...

George A. Kennedy is at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Emeritus).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 5.39 × 8.19 × 0.71 inPublished:September 26, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Prooemion: Notes on the Translation: IntroductionA. Aristotle's Life and WorksB. Rhetoric Before AristotleC. Aristotle's Classification of RhetoricD. Aristotle's Original Audience and His Audience TodayE. The Strengths and Limitations of On RhetoricF. Chapter-by-Chapter Outline of On RhetoricBook 1: Pisteis, or The Means of Persuasion in Public AddressBook 2: Pisteis, or The Means of Persuasion in Public Address (continued)Book 3: Delivery, Style, and ArrangementAppendix I: Supplementary TextsA. Gorgias' Encomium of HelenB. Socrates' Critique of Sophistic RhetoricC. Lysias' Speech Against the Grain DealersD. Introduction to Dialectic from Aristotle, Topics 1.1-3E. Two Selections from Isocrates1. From Against the Sophists2. From the AntidosisF. Selections from Rhetoric for AlexanderG. On Word Choice and Metaphor, from Aristotle's PoeticsH. Demosthenes' Third PhilippicAppendix II: Supplementary EssaysA. The Earliest Rhetorical HandbooksB. The History of the Text After AristotleGlossary: Bibliography: Index:

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"Kennedy's extensive use of footnotes and careful editing allow students access to Aristotle's writings as few other translations are able to do. This book is a must for any contemporary study of classical rhetorical theory."--James J. Tarbox, Oregon State University