Rhetoric Before And Beyond The Greeks / Edition 1

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These twelve essays, most of which are specially commissioned, move the study of rhetoric away from the more familar world of Greece to examine how rhetoric functioned and differed in earlier cultural settings. Contributors discuss in some depth the rhetoric of Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, the Bible and Rhodes (as an alternative to Athens). The final two papers are cross-cultural studies which look at the strategy of ancient persuasion and Near Eastern women's lamentations. The book closes with an extended section, arranged by region, that presents tips and suggestions for teaching ancient rhetorics to students and academics alike. This is supported by the full bibliographies that can be found at the end of each essay.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791461006
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 0.62 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol S. Lipson is Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at Syracuse University.

Roberta A. Binkley is Lecturer in English at Arizona State University.

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Table of Contents


Mesopotamian Rhetoric

The Birth of Rhetoric
William W. Hallo

The Rhetoric of Origins and the Other: Reading the Ancient Figure of Enheduanna
Roberta Binkley

Neo-Assyrian Rhetoric: The Example of the Third Campaign of Sennacherib (704–681 B.C.)
Paul Y. Hoskisson and Grant M. Boswell

Egyptian Rhetoric

Ancient Egyptian Rhetoric: It All Comes Down to Maat
Carol S. Lipson

Law, Rhetoric, and Gender in Ramesside Egypt
Deborah Sweeney

Chinese Rhetoric

The Use of Eloquence: The Confucian Perspective
George Q. Xu

Confucian Silence and Remonstration: A Basis for Deliberation?
Arabella Lyon

"Nothing Can Be Accomplished If the Speech Does Not Sound Agreeable:" Rhetoric and the Invention of Classical Chinese Discourse
Yameng Liu

Biblical Rhetoric

Pentateuchal Rhetoric and the Voice of the Aaronides
David Metzger

Alternative Greek Rhetoric

The Art of Rhetoric at Rhodes: An Eastern Rival to the Athenian Representation of Classical Rhetoric
Richard Leo Enos

Cross-Cultural Rhetorical Studies

Story-List-Sanction: A Cross-Cultural Strategy of Ancient Persuasion
James W. Watts

Song to Speech: The Origins of Early Epitaphia in Ancient Near Eastern Women's Lamentations
C. Jan Swearingen

Suggestions for Teaching Ancient Rhetorics

List of Contributors


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