The Rhetoric of Identity in Isocrates: Text, Power, Pedagogy

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The Rhetoric of Identity in Isocrates provides an interpretation of an important, but largely neglected and disregarded, fourth-century Athenian author to show how he uses writing to provide a model of political engagement that is distinct from his own contemporaries' (especially Plato's) and from our own notions of political involvement. It demonstrates that ancient rhetorical discourse raises issues of contemporary relevance, especially regarding the status of the written word and current debates on canon and ...

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Overview

The Rhetoric of Identity in Isocrates provides an interpretation of an important, but largely neglected and disregarded, fourth-century Athenian author to show how he uses writing to provide a model of political engagement that is distinct from his own contemporaries' (especially Plato's) and from our own notions of political involvement. It demonstrates that ancient rhetorical discourse raises issues of contemporary relevance, especially regarding the status of the written word and current debates on canon and curriculum in education.

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"Students of ancient rhetoric will be very glad that there is now a monograph on Isocrates in English....They will find the book interesting and suggestive...." Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"The Rhetoric of Identity in Isocrates strengthens our understanding of the process by which Isocrates created his literary ethos and the necessity for such a rhetorical display." Rhetoric Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521474061
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Series: Cambridge Classical Studies Series
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Isocrates and logos politikos; 2. The unities of discourse; 3. The politics of the small voice; 4. Isocrates in his own write; 5. The pedagogical contract; 6. The politics of discipleship; Brief afterword; Appendix 1. Isocrates and Gorgias; Appendix 2. Concerning the chariot-team.

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