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By William Dominik, Jon Hall

A better half to Roman Rhetoric introduces the reader to the wide-ranging significance of rhetoric in Roman tradition.

  • A advisor to Roman rhetoric from its origins to the Renaissance and past
  • Comprises 32 unique essays by way of major overseas students
  • Explores significant figures Cicero and Quintilian in-depth
  • Covers a wide diversity of issues corresponding to rhetoric and politics, gender, prestige, self-identity, schooling, and literature
  • Provides feedback for extra studying on the finish of every bankruptcy
  • Includes a word list of technical phrases and an index of right names and rhetorical recommendations

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Vickers (1988: 447) seeks to police the disciplinary boundaries of rhetorical studies from interlopers lest rhetoric become ‘‘fragmented and then subordinated to an alien enterprise,’’ fields which in Vickers’ account include linguistics, philosophy, historiography, and modern (particularly deconstructive) literary criticism. Interdisciplinary interest in rhetoric, a phenomenon that in my opinion and from my perspective of 2006 has brought about a welcome revival of rhetorical studies, is for Vickers a looming threat to the integrity of the field.

Canonical elements of rhetorical theory that have until recently been largely overlooked within the modern study of rhetoric have also become the focus of intense scholarly attention. Following the widespread reemergence of the study of the body within historical investigation, the orator’s body in performance (organized within rhetorical theory under the rubric of actio [delivery]) has generated much interest. The basic question of how Roman orators actually delivered their speeches, especially the question of the gestures that they employed as accompaniments to their speeches, has been explored in its own right (see Aldrete 1999 and Hall 2004).

Vickers’ likely unconscious use of figures drawn from discursive practices from antiquity shows how traditional a view of rhetoric he espouses. Vickers helps my task of presenting ‘‘modern’’ approaches to Roman rhetoric since he offers an explicit ideology of traditional rhetorical Modern Critical Approaches to Roman Rhetoric 13 scholarship, a phenomenon with roots traveling far back within rhetorical thought. Vickers’ book provides an interesting document of resistance to modern trends of rhetorical studies which began to break forth in earnest around the time of its publication in 1988, though it has the ring of an effort to put back toothpaste already out of the tube.

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