In a Manner of Speaking: An Introduction to Classical Rhetoric|
Spring 2011 not offered
|Course Cluster: Linguistics|
The ability to speak persuasively, whether in the law courts, a political assembly, or on formal occasions such as a state funeral or a reception for a visiting potentate, was highly prized in the ancient world. Greco-Roman rhetoricians developed an elaborate but sophisticated system to train students in that ability; increasingly the educated person was distinguished by mastery of rhetoric. This system retains value to this day. In this course we will study ancient rhetoric, including the categories of speeches and instructions for their composition, rhetorical analysis of style, and the appropriate means to teach, charm, or move an audience. We will analyze examples of oratory from the ancient and modern worlds, study the development of rhetoric and some of its ancient critics, and (if time permits) its modern reception. Students will try their hand at short compositions, following rhetorical precepts.
The course includes frequent exercises in composition with detailed study of modes of expression. Papers will be graded according to their effectiveness as compositions and their persuasive force.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Selected readings from ancient rhetorical theorists, including Quintilian and the Rhetorica ad Herennium; speeches by Gorgias, Isocrates, and Cicero; APOLOGY, GORGIAS of Plato.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Five papers, mainly exercises in the rhetorical techniques studied in the course. Students will be asked to deliver a final speech orally before the class, the written version of which will be the final (fifth) paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Regular class attendance is expected.
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