The Ancient Art of Persuasion across Genres and Topics


Persuasion has long been one of the major fields of interest for researchers across a wide range of disciplines. The present volume aims to establish a framework to enhance the understanding of the features, manifestations and purposes of persuasion across all Greek and Roman genres and in various institutional contexts. The volume considers the impact of persuasion techniques upon the audience, and how precisely they help speakers/authors achieve their goals. It also explores the convergences and divergences in deploying persuasion strategies in different genres, such as historiography and oratory, and in a variety of topics. This discussion contributes towards a more complete understanding of persuasion that will help to advance knowledge of decision-making processes in varied institutional contexts in antiquity.

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Biographical Note

Sophia Papaioannou is Professor of Latin Literature at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She has published several books and articles on Latin Epic, the Augustan literature, and Roman Comedy, and co-edited several volumes including The Theatre of Justice, with Andreas Serafim and Beatrice da Vela (Brill, 2017).

Andreas Serafim, Ph.D. (2013), University College London, is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Classics at the University of Cyprus. He has published the monograph Attic Oratory and Performance, the volume The Theatre of Justice (co-editor with Sophia Papaioannou and Beatrice da Vela), and several journal articles and book chapters.

Kyriakos Demetriou, Ph.D. (1993), University College London, is Professor of Political Thought at the University of Cyprus. He has published several studies in classical reception and the historiography of ideas with emphasis on Victorian Britain.

The contributors are: Alessandro Vatri, Andreas N. Michalopoulos, Antonis Tsakmakis, Eleni Volonaki, Gabriel Evangelou, Georgios Vassiliades, Jennifer Devereaux, Jessica Evans, Margot Neger, Maria Kythreotou, Michael Paschalis, Robert Sing, Roger Brock, Stephen Todd, T. Davina McClain, Tazuko Angela van Berkel, Tzu-I Liao.


Scholars, undergraduate and postgraduate students from a range of disciplines (classics, ancient history, ancient and contemporary rhetoric, politics etc.) would be interested in this volume.

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