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A Companion to Roman Rhetoric

William Dominik (Editor), Jon Hall (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4443-3415-9
544 pages
January 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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A Companion to Roman Rhetoric introduces the reader to the wide-ranging importance of rhetoric in Roman culture.
  • A guide to Roman rhetoric from its origins to the Renaissance and beyond
  • Comprises 32 original essays by leading international scholars
  • Explores major figures Cicero and Quintilian in-depth
  • Covers a broad range of topics such as rhetoric and politics, gender, status, self-identity, education, and literature
  • Provides suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter
  • Includes a glossary of technical terms and an index of proper names and rhetorical concepts
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Notes on Contributors viii

Preface xii

Texts and Abbreviations xiv

Part I Approaching Rhetoric 1

1 Confronting Roman Rhetoric 3
William Dominik and Jon Hall

2 Modern Critical Approaches to Roman Rhetoric 9
John Dugan

3 Greek Rhetoric Meets Rome: Expansion, Resistance, and Acculturation 23
Sarah Culpepper Stroup

4 Native Roman Rhetoric: Plautus and Terence 38
John Barsby

5 Roman Oratory Before Cicero: The Elder Cato and Gaius Gracchus 54
Enrica Sciarrino

Part II Rhetoric and Its Social Context 67

6 Rhetorical Education and Social Reproduction in the Republic and Early Empire 69
Anthony Corbeill

7 Virile Tongues: Rhetoric and Masculinity 83
Joy Connolly

8 Oratory, Rhetoric, and Politics in the Republic 98
Michael C. Alexander

9 Oratory and Politics in the Empire 109
Steven H. Rutledge

10 Roman Senatorial Oratory 122
John T. Ramsey

11 Panegyric 136
Roger Rees

12 Roman Oratorical Invective 149
Valentina Arena

Part III Systematizing Rhetoric 161

13 Roman Rhetorical Handbooks 163
Robert N. Gaines

14 Elocutio: Latin Prose Style 181
Roderich Kirchner

15 Memory and the Roman Orator 195
Jocelyn Penny Small

16 Wit and Humor in Roman Rhetoric 207
Edwin Rabbie

17 Oratorical Delivery and the Emotions: Theory and Practice 218
Jon Hall

Part IV Rhetoricians and Orators 235

18 Lost Orators of Rome 237
Catherine Steel

19 Cicero as Rhetorician 250
James M. May

20 Cicero as Orator 264
Christopher P. Craig

21 Grammarians and Rhetoricians 285
Charles McNelis

22 Roman Declamation: The Elder Seneca and Quintilian 297
W. Martin Bloomer

23 Quintilian as Rhetorician and Teacher 307
Jorge Fernández López

24 Tacitus and Pliny on Oratory 323
William Dominik

25 Rhetoric and the Second Sophistic 339
Graham Anderson

26 Roman Rhetoric and Its Afterlife 354
John O. Ward

Part V Rhetoric and Roman Literature 367

27 Rhetoric and Literature at Rome 369
Matthew Fox

28 Rhetoric and Epic: Vergil’s Aeneid and Lucan’s Bellum Civile 382
Emanuele Narducci

29 Rhetoric and Satire: Horace, Persius, and Juvenal 396
Dan Hooley

30 Rhetoric and Ovid 413
Ulrike Auhagen

31 Rhetoric and the Younger Seneca 425
Marcus Wilson

32 Rhetoric and Historiography 439
Cynthia Damon

Bibliography 451

Glossary of Technical Terms 487

Index Locorum 495

General Index 502

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William Dominik is Professor of Classics at the University of Otago. He is a contributor to A Companion to Ancient Epic (2005) and A Companion to the Classical Tradition (2006). He has also published numerous books, chapters, and articles on Roman literature and other topics.

Jon Hall is Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Otago. He is the author of numerous articles and chapters on Cicero’s oratory and rhetorical treatises. He has also completed a book on Cicero’s correspondence.
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  • A guide to Roman rhetoric from its origins to the Renaissance and beyond.

  • Comprises 32 original essays by leading international scholars.

  • Explores major figures Cicero and Quintilian in-depth.

  • Covers a broad range of topics such as rhetoric and politics, gender, status, self-identity, education, and literature.

  • Provides suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter.

  • Includes a glossary of technical terms and an index of proper names and rhetorical concepts.
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"Dominik and Hall have produced a solid, well-structured and accessible piece of work, which not only provides an excellent starting point to newcomers, but also contains a number of original contributions that will be of interest to more advanced scholars." (Scholia Reviews, June 2010)

"This Blackwell Companion successfully communicates the efflorescence of Roman rhetorical practices and the centrality of rhetoric in Roman thought." (Classical World, June 2009)

"Students at all levels will benefit from reading these essays, both for their intrinsic scholarship and for the guidance they give, through copious bibliographical reference, towards further research…an important contribution to Blackwell’s catalogue of classical titles." (The Classical Review, Vol 58 No. 1 2008)

"Dominik and Hall's [book] will be welcomed by those seeking capable introductions to the areas it treats. Through an array of open-minded contributions [it] usefully introduces the main scholarly issues in Roman rhetoric and oratory, outlining how far the field has come and the opportunities and complications that lie ahead."(Bryn Mawr Classical Review)

"A significant major contribution that adds further prestige to a very major series." (Reference Reviews)

"A short review cannot begin to do justice to the immense range of material covered here … This excellent Companion will tell most readers all they need to know about Roman rhetoric." (Journal of Classics Teaching)

"This welcome addition … fills a void long empty in classical scholarship … . Every library, if not every Classics department, should own a copy." (New England Classical Journal)

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