The Beginnings Of Rhetorical Theory In Classical Greece

Hardcover | July 11, 1999

byEdward Schiappa

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In this provocative new book, Edward Schiappa argues that rhetorical theory did not originate with the Sophists in the fifth century B.C.E., but developed nearly a century later. Closely examining the terminology of early rhetorical history, Schiappa not only revises the way we understand that history but also contends we must alter the way we read both the Sophists and Aristotle and Plato.

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By looking at the work of Sophists such as Gorgias and Protagoras and comparing it to the likes of Plato and Aristotle, Edward Schiappa demonstrates a strange effect. This comes about because contemporary historians have placed the advent of rhetoric about a century too early. The Beginnings of Rhetorical Theory in Classical Greece is ...

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In this provocative new book, Edward Schiappa argues that rhetorical theory did not originate with the Sophists in the fifth century B.C.E., but developed nearly a century later. Closely examining the terminology of early rhetorical history, Schiappa not only revises the way we understand that history but also contends we must alter th...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:July 11, 1999Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300075901

ISBN - 13:9780300075908

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By looking at the work of Sophists such as Gorgias and Protagoras and comparing it to the likes of Plato and Aristotle, Edward Schiappa demonstrates a strange effect. This comes about because contemporary historians have placed the advent of rhetoric about a century too early. The Beginnings of Rhetorical Theory in Classical Greece is a surprising book that will open this area for renewed discussion.