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Summary: Ancient Rhetorics for Contemporary Students revives the classical strategies of ancient Greek and Roman rhetoricians and adapts them to the needs of contemporary writers and speakers. Edition/Copyright: 3RD 04
This is a fresh interpretation of the ancient canons of composing: invention, arrangement, style, memory, and delivery. It shows that rhetoric, as it was practiced and taught by the ancients, was an intrinsic part of daily life and of communal discourse about current events. ...show moreThis book gives special emphasis to classic strategies of invention, devoting separate chapters to stasis theory, common and special topics, formal topics, ethos, pathos, extrinsic proofs, and Aristotelian means of reasoning. The authors' engaging discussion and their many contemporary examples of ancient rhetorical principles present rhetoric as a set of flexible, situational practices. This practical history draws the most relevant and useful concepts from ancient rhetorics and discusses, updates, and offers them for use in the contemporary composition classroom.
- Lively, contemporary examples show rhetoric in everyday practice in civic discourse.
- Ancient means of invention, including kairos, stasis theory, and the commonplaces, receive extensive treatment.
- Treatment of argument covers arguments from ethos and pathos, and the chapter on commonplaces emphasizes political argument.
- Ancient rhetorical exercises, the progymnasmata, are explained and exemplified throughout.
- A brief history of ancient rhetorics gives students necessary and interesting background information about their course of study.
- Chapter on memory includes advice for strengthening memory.
- Relevance of classical commonplaces to American political ideologies is thoroughly discussed.
New To This Edition :
- Chapters on the commonplaces and ideology, memory, and delivery have been rewritten.
- Sections on cultural memory and visual rhetoric now appear in the chapters on memory and delivery respectively.
- The brief history of ancient rhetorics now appears as a part of Chapter 1.
- The chapter on reasoning (logos) now appears before the chapters on ethos and pathos.
- New examples drawn from popular and academic writing about controversial issues appear throughout the text.
Publisher: Longman, Inc.
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