Classical Rhetoric and Its Christian and Secular Tradition from Ancient to Modern Times

Classical Rhetoric and Its Christian and Secular Tradition from Ancient to Modern Times

by George A. Kennedy
     
 

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Since its original publication by UNC Press in 1980, this book has provided thousands of students with a concise introduction and guide to the history of the classical tradition in rhetoric, the ancient but ever vital art of persuasion.
Now, George Kennedy offers a thoroughly revised and updated edition of Classical Rhetoric and Its Christian and Secular

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Since its original publication by UNC Press in 1980, this book has provided thousands of students with a concise introduction and guide to the history of the classical tradition in rhetoric, the ancient but ever vital art of persuasion.
Now, George Kennedy offers a thoroughly revised and updated edition of Classical Rhetoric and Its Christian and Secular Tradition. From its development in ancient Greece and Rome, through its continuation and adaptation in Europe and America through the Middle Ages and Renaissance, to its enduring significance in the twentieth century, he traces the theory and practice of classical rhetoric through history. At each stage of the way, he demonstrates how new societies modified classical rhetoric to fit their needs.
For this edition, Kennedy has updated the text and the bibliography to incorporate new scholarship; added sections relating to women orators and rhetoricians throughout history; and enlarged the discussion of rhetoric in America, Germany, and Spain. He has also included more information about historical and intellectual contexts to assist the reader in understanding the tradition of classical rhetoric.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Kennedy writes with ease and lucidity. His synoptic prowess melds the lives of the rhetoricians and the life of rhetoric.

Journal of Early Christian Studies

This edition is even more user-friendly than the first.

Religious Studies Review

In this most recent revival of rhetoric, George Kennedy himself has been indispensable.

Kathleen E. Welch, University of Oklahoma

[A] valuable tool for all scholars and students of the history of rhetoric.

Winifred Bryan Horner, coeditor of Rhetoric and Pedagogy: Its History, Philosophy, and Practice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807861134
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
07/11/2003
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
360
Lexile:
1620L (what's this?)
File size:
2 MB

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From the Publisher
This edition is even more user-friendly than the first. It is a valuable work for students in both religious studies and biblical studies.—Religious Studies Review

Reflecting the best and most recent scholarship in the history of rhetoric, George Kennedy enlarges and updates his overview of classical rhetoric, extending it into the arenas of Spanish, Mexican, European, and American rhetoric as well as women's rhetoric through the ages. With the addition of a new chapter he brings it into the present through his examination of twentieth-century English rhetoric and composition and critical theory. It becomes a valuable tool for all scholars and students of the history of rhetoric.—Winifred Bryan Horner, coeditor of Rhetoric and Pedagogy: Its History, Philosophy, and Practice

Kennedy's revised edition will work exceedingly well in courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels in the disciplines of English (rhetoric and composition studies), communication studies, comparative literature, classics, economics, and the many other fields that have, in the last twenty-five years, found rhetoric to be indispensable. In this most recent revival of rhetoric, George Kennedy himself has been indispensable.—Kathleen E. Welch, University of Oklahoma

This is a truly revised and enlarged edition of a major work. The eminent classicist presents the history of rhetoric and its various relations from Homer to contemporary deconstruction. . . . Kennedy writes with ease and lucidity. His synoptic prowess melds the lives of the rhetoricians and the life of rhetoric in the West into one living process.—Journal of Early Christian Studies

Meet the Author

George A. Kennedy is Paddison Professor of Classics, Emeritus, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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