Rhetoric in Byzantium

Rhetoric in Byzantium

by Elizabeth Jeffreys
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754634531

ISBN-13: 9780754634539

Pub. Date: 11/01/2003

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

Seventeen contributions written by an international group of scholars in the fields of Byzantine and modern Greek language and literature, archaeology, ancient history, and other fields explore the ways in which rhetoric functioned in Byzantine society: as a tool for the effective communication of ideas and ideologies but at times also a barrier inhibiting the…  See more details below

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Seventeen contributions written by an international group of scholars in the fields of Byzantine and modern Greek language and literature, archaeology, ancient history, and other fields explore the ways in which rhetoric functioned in Byzantine society: as a tool for the effective communication of ideas and ideologies but at times also a barrier inhibiting the expression of real feelings and daily realities. Essays are organized into five main sections: the uses of rhetoric in Byzantium; its public uses; literature and rhetoric; rhetoric and historiography; and rhetoric and visual images. Includes quite a few good quality b&w illustrations. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754634539
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
11/01/2003
Series:
Publications for the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies
Pages:
294
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
List of Figures
Introduction1
1Rhetoric and writing strategies in the ninth century9
2The rhetoric of Kekaumenos23
3Teachers and students of rhetoric in the late Byzantine period39
4Byzantine imperial panegyric as advice literature (1204-c.1350)55
5Court poetry: questions of motifs, structure and function75
6'Rhetorical' texts87
7Dramatic device or didactic tool? The function of dialogue in Byzantine preaching101
8How should a Byzantine text be read?117
9Praise and persuasion: argumentation and audience response in epideictic oratory127
10The role of vocabulary in Byzantine rhetoric as a stylistic device137
11Rhetoric, theory and the imperative of performance: Byzantium and now151
12George of Pisidia and the persuasive word: words, words, words...173
13The rhetorical structures of Skylitzes' Synopsis Historion187
14George Akropolites' rhetoric201
15Byzantine rhetoric, Latin drama and the portrayal of the New Testament215
16'Living painting'235
17Text and picture in manuscripts: what's rhetoric got to do with it?255
Index273

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