The Genres of Rhetorical Speeches in Greek and Roman Antiquity

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In The Genres of Rhetorical Speeches in Greek and Roman Antiquity, Cristina Pepe offers a complete overview of the concept of speech genre within ancient rhetoric. By analyzing sources dating from the 5th-4th century BC, the author proves that the well-known classification in three rhetorical genres (deliberative, judicial, epideictic), introduced by Aristotle, was rooted in the debate concerning the forms and functions of the art of persuasion in classical Athens. Genres play a leading role in Aristotle’s Rhetoric, and the analysis of considerable sections of the treatise shows profound links between the characterization of the rhetorical genres and Aristotelian philosophy as a whole. Finally, the volume explores the developments of the theory of genres in Hellenistic and Imperial rhetoric.
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Biographical Note

Cristina Pepe, Ph.D. (2011) in Classical Philology (University of Naples, co-direction with University of Strasbourg), is Post-Doc Researcher at the University of Trento and Lecturer in Latin Literature. Her published articles focus on Greek and Roman rhetoric.

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" Das Buch bietet insgesamt einen guten Überblick über die Herausbildung und die Entwicklung der rhetorischen Gattungen von der Klassik bis zur Spätantike. (...) Für alle, die sich allgemein für die antike Rhetorik interessieren (besonders auch Nichtspezialisten), [liegt] grade in der ausführlichen und klaren Darstellung der größte Nutzen des Werks" Carlo Scardino, Gnomon, vol 88, issue 5, 2016.

Table of contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
ABBREVIATIONS AND OTHER CONVENTIONS
INTRODUCTION

PART I: SPEECH CLASSIFICATION IN THE 5TH AND 4TH CENTURY BC
Chapter One. The practice of oratory in classical Greece
Chapter Two. The Sophists and the forms of λόγος
Chapter Three. Thucydides. The assembly and democratic deliberation
Chapter Four. Plato
Chapter Five. Isocrates
Chapter Six. Demosthenes
Chapter Seven. The Rhetoric to Alexander

PART II: THE SYSTEM OF GENRES IN ARISTOTLE’S RHETORIC
Chapter One. Aristotle's Rhetoric
Chapter Two. The concept of genre in Aristotle
Chapter Three. The three genres of rhetoric: definition and classification
Chapter Four. Characterizing the genres : principles and models
Chapter Five. Genres and topics
Chapter Six. The style (λέξις) and arrangement (τάξις) of the genres
Chapter Seven. Divisiones Aristoteleae

PART III: RHETORICAL GENRES IN HELLENISTIC AND IMPERIAL AGES
Chapter One. Oratorical practice
Chapter Two. The success of the Aristotelian classification
Chapter Three. The debate on the scheme’s validity: problems and solutions
Chapter Four. The theory of genres in the rhetorical system
Chapter five. Classifying, describing, interpreting speeches
Chapter six. Rhetorical genres and pedagogical practices

CONCLUSION
TESTIMONIA
APPENDIX. SPEECH GENRES IN CONTEMPORARY RHETORICAL THEORY
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX

Readership

Scholars and advanced students of Greek and Latin rhetoric, literature, philosophy, historiography, as well as all those interested in history of rhetoric and classical reception

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