The Art of Rhetoric in Alexandria

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Januar 1975



Goethe's great love for the ancient classics once prompted him to write ("Gespriiche mit Eckerman," April 1, 1827), "Man studiere nicht die Mitgeborenen und Mitstrebenden, sondern grosse Menschen der Vorzeit, deren Werke seit Jahrhunderten gleichen Wert und gleiches Ansehen behalten haben . . . Man studiere Moliere, man studiere Shakespeare, aber vor allen Dingen die alten Griechen und immer die alten Griechen. " Anyone examining the history of Western ideas has found this statement to prove eminently true: one must study above all others the ancient Greeks. This book, by its study of the Greeks and others, seeks to fill in a small way the large gap which has obtained in the history of rhetoric in the Eastern Mediterranean area: the rhetoric (formal spoken discourse) of the courtroom, street corner, classroom, and legislative hall. Scholars have long investigated, and with considerable success, the figures and movements in Rome and Athens until Con­ stantine, or even later, but for some reason they have neglected the role and impact of oratory in most Asian and North African centers (Antioch excepted). If this monograph can provide outlines of its activity in Greco-Roman Alexandria to approximately A. D. 400 and encourage further scholarship in Pergamum, Tarsus, and elsewhere, it will have fulfilled its purpose. At the same time, it is not intended as a history of the city, nor an economic, political, or religious account of its life.


I: The Cross Roads of the East.- A Greek Outpost.- Economic Problems.- Cultural and Scientific Growth.- The Alexandrian Canon.-
II: Temperament and Audiences of Alexandria.- Ethnic Differences.- Dion's Description of the Alexandrians.- Persecution and Violence.-
III: Spokesmen for Truth: The Secular Speakers.- Well-known Orators.- The Boule.- The Embassies.- The Court Room.-
IV: Spokesmen for Truth (Continued): Christian Preachers.- The Early Church.- Early Preaching.- Origen and the Homily.- Other Preachers.- Athanasius.-
V: Greco-Roman Education.- Elementary and Secondary Education.- Papyrological Clues to Education.- Rhetorical Models.- Sophists.- Theoretical Treatises.- The Catechetical School.- Secular Teachers.-
VI: Summary and Conclusions.- Demise of Rhetoric.- In Retrospect.
EAN: 9789024751730
ISBN: 902475173X
Untertitel: Its Theory and Practice in the Ancient World. 1974. Auflage. Book. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Springer
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 1975
Seitenanzahl: 184 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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