The Art of Rhetoric

The Art of Rhetoric

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Penguin Putnam
With the emergence of democracy in the city-state of Athens in the years around 460 BC, public speaking became an essential skill for politicians in the Assemblies and Councils - and even for ordinary citizens in the courts of law. In response, the technique of rhetoric rapidly developed, bringing virtuoso performances and a host of practical manuals for the layman. While many of these were little more than collections of debaters' tricks, the Art of Rhetoric held a far deeper purpose. Here Aristotle establishes the methods of informal reasoning, provides the first aesthetic evaluation of prose style and offers detailed observations on character and the emotions. Hugely influential upon later Western culture, the Art of Rhetoric is a fascinating consideration of the force of persuasion and sophistry, and a compelling guide to the principles behind oratorical skill.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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The classic guide to oratorical skill offers discussion of the methods of informal reasoning, an aesthetic evaluation of prose style, and observations on the emotions and character.

Publisher: Penguin Books, c1991
ISBN: 9780140445107
0140445102
Characteristics: xii, 291 p. ; 20 cm

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" The excesses of nobler things are nobler/ The more pleasant is greater than the less pleasant/ Since all things pursue pleasure, and yearn to be pleased for its own sake/ And it is by these that the good and the good end are defined,/ And what is less painful is more pleasant, And what is longer pleasant is more pleasant...."

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