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.
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.
Preface List of Figures and Tables
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 Index
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.