Classical Rhetoric in English, 1650-1800

A Critical Anthology


Classical Rhetoric in English, 1650 - 1800 features English translations of the era’s most cherished Greek and Roman orators, rhetorical philosophers, and rhetorical critics. The publication history reveals how a distinctive British canon emerged from selected works by Plato, Isocrates, Demosthenes, Aristotle, Theophrastus, Cicero, Seneca, Quintilian, Tacitus and Longinus. Works by these ten authors, especially Cicero and Longinus, were widely disseminated, becoming key texts in the formation of British rhetorical culture. At the core of the volume, annotated selections offer the twenty-first century reader a sampling of these classical rhetorical works in translation. The glossary of rhetorical criticism elucidates the now archaic meanings of words that enabled citizens to communicate their moral and rhetorical taste.

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Tania Sona Smith, Ph.D. (2002), The Ohio State University, is Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Calgary in Canada. Her scholarship in eighteenth-century British rhetoric includes analyses of The Lady's Rhetorick (1707), Elizabeth Montagu, and Hester Thrale Piozzi.
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Part 1 Critical Introductions

General Introduction
 1 Prior Scholarship
 2 Methods
 3 The Character of Rhetorical Culture 1650–1800
 4 Order of Sections

Rhetorical Works by Classical Authors
 1 Plato
 2 Isocrates
 3 Demosthenes
 4 Aristotle
 5 Theophrastus
 6 Cicero
 7 Seneca the Younger
 8 Quintilian
 9 Tacitus
 10 Longinus

Part 2 Annotated Selections

Selections from Plato

Selections from Isocrates

Selections from Demosthenes

Selections from Aristotle

Selections from Theophrastus

Selections from Cicero

Selections from Seneca

Selections from Quintilian

Selections from Tacitus

Selections from Longinus

Part 3 Glossary

Bibliography of Primary Sources
Bibliography of Secondary Sources
Students and scholars of classical rhetoric and of British literature and culture will be intrigued by the transformation and emergence of this canon within English literature.
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