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Roman Eloquence
Rhetoric in Society and Literature

Edited By

William J. Dominik

ISBN 9780415125451
Published September 10, 1997 by Routledge
280 Pages

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Book Description

The present volume is part of a general renaissance in the study of rhetoric and bears testimony to a discipline undergoing rapid and exciting change. It draws together established and newer scholars in the field to produce a probing and innovative analysis of the role played by rhetoric in Roman culture. Utilizing a variety of critical approaches and methodologies, these scholars examine not only the role of rhetoric in Roman society but also the relationship between rhetoric and Rome's major literary genres. In addition to demonstrating rhetoric's critical significance for Roman culture, the studies reveal the important role played by rhetoric in the formation of the various genres of literature.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Theories, Transitions and Tensions; Chapter 1 Introduction, Gualtiero Calboli, William J. Dominik; Chapter 2 Ciceronian Rhetoric, John T. Kirby; Chapter 3 Caecilius, the ‘Canons’ of Writers, and the Origins of Atticism, Neil O’Sullivan; Chapter 4 The style is the Man, William J. Dominik; Part 2 Rhetoric and Society; Chapter 5 Field and Forum, Catherine Connors; Chapter 6 Gender and Rhetoric, Amy Richlin; Chapter 7 The Contexts and Occasions of Roman public Rhetoric, Elaine Fantham; Part 3 Rhetoric and Genre; Chapter 8 Towards a Rhetoric of (Roman?) Epic, Joseph Farrell; Chapter 9 Declamation and Contestation in Satire, Susanna Morton Braund; Chapter 10 Melpomene’s Declamation (Rhetoric and Tragedy), Sander M. Goldberg; Chapter 11 Inter Tribunal et Scaenam, Joseph J. Hughes; Chapter 12 Eros and Eloquence, Peter Toohey; Chapter 13 Persuasive History, Jr Robert W. Cape; Chapter 14 Substructural elements of Architectonic Rhetoric and Philosophical thought in Fronto’s Epistles, Michele Valerie Ronnick;

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William J. Dominik is Associate Professor (Reader) of Classics at the University of Natal, South Africa, and the editor of the classical journal Scholia. He has published a number of books and articles on Roman literature and rhetoric.