Influences on Peripatetic Rhetoric

Essays in Honor of William W. Fortenbaugh


Editor: David Mirhady
There has recently been a great deal of scholarship on the origins of rhetoric, as well as on important 4th-century figures, such as Isocrates and Alcidamas. This volumes focuses particularly on the generation before Aristotle wrote his Rhetoric, the central text of ancient Greek rhetorical theory. Individual papers concentrate on different aspects of the Peripatetics' writings, both of Aristotle and Theophrastus, their thoughts on character, emotion, logos, style, and metaphor, the influences of dramatic writings, the relationship with Plato and with the Rhetorica ad Alexandrum, and the historical contexts. Some papers offer close readings of individual passages, while others tease out information based on fragmentary references. All of the papers offer original insights based on a thorough knowledge of the original texts.
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Biographical Note

The honorand of this volume, William W. Fortenbaugh, was for more than three decades Professor of Classics at Rutgers University. The author of numerous publications on ancient rhetoric, including a Commentary on the rhetoric and poetics of Theophrastus, he has most recently published Aristotle's Practical Side (Brill, 2006).

David C. Mirhady, Ph.D. (1992) Classics, Rutgers, is Associate Professor of Humanities at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver). He has published papers on Greek rhetoric, law, and political theory and is completing a commentary on the political writings of Theophrastus.

Table of contents

1. Theory and Practice in Fourth-Century Eloquence. The Case of the Speaker as a Teacher of the Demos.

Dirk M. Schenkeveld, Free University Amsterdam

2. Ethos in persuasion and in musical education in Plato and Aristotle.

Eckart Schütrumpf, University of Colorado, Boulder

3. Aristotle’s Enthymeme, Thumos, and Plato.

David C. Mirhady, Simon Fraser University

4. Reason in Speech? Logos and Means of Persuasion in Aristotle’s Rhetoric.

Johannes M. van Ophuijsen, University of Utrecht

5. Techniques of Proof in 4th Century Rhetoric: Rhet. 2.23-4 and Pre-Aristotelian Rhetorical Theory.

Tobias Reinhardt, Somerville College, Oxford

6. The Metaphor after Aristotle.

Gualtiero Calboli, University of Bologna

7. Aristotle: the Written and the Performative Styles.

Doreen C. Innes, St. Hilda’s College, Oxford

8. Teodette di Faselide, retore.

Elisabetta Matelli, Università Cattolica, Milan

9. Teodette di Faselide poeta tragico: riflessioni attorno al fr. 6 Snell.

Andrea Martano, Università Cattolica, Milan

10. Der euripideische Philoktet und die Rhetorik des 4. Jahrhunderts.

Carl Werner Müller, University of Saarbrücken

11. Argumentative Devices in the Rhetorica ad Alexandrum.

Lucia Calboli Montefusco, University of Bologna

12. Theophrastus and Callisthenes.

Stephen A. White, University of Texas, Austin

13. Topics of Vituperation: Some Commonplaces of 4th-Century Oratory.

Thomas M. Conley, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign

14. The Emotion in Aristotle Rhetoric 2.7: Gratitude, not Kindness.

David Konstan, Brown University


This book will interest those in rhetoric in general, and particularly those interested in the rhetorical theory of ancient Greece. It gives new insights both into the originality of Peripatetic rhetoric and into the traditions of which it formed part.


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