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Logos without Rhetoric
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How did rhetoric begin and what was it before it was called “rhetoric”? Must art have a name to be considered art? What is the difference between eloquence and rhetoric? And what were the differences among poets, philosophers, sophists, and rhetoricians before Plato emphasized—or perhaps invented—their differences? In Logos without Rhetoric: The Arts of Language before Plato, Robin Reames attempts to intervene in these and other questions by examining the status of rhetorical theory in texts that predate Plato’s coining of the term “rhetoric” (c. 380 B.C.E.). From Homer and Hesiod to Parmenides and Heraclitus to Gorgias, Theodorus, and Isocrates, the case studies contained here examine the status of the discipline of rhetoric prior to and therefore in the absence of the influence of Plato and Aristotle’s full-fledged development of rhetorical theory in the fourth century B.C.E. The essays in this volume make a case for a porous boundary between theory and practice and promote skepticism about anachronistic distinctions between myth and reason and between philosophy and rhetoric in the historiography of rhetoric’s beginning. The result is an enlarged understanding of the rhetorical content of pre-fourth-century Greek texts.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Epigraph
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Series Editor’s Preface
  2. Thomas W. Benson
  3. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. A Note on Translations
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. Unity, Dissociation, and Schismogenesis in Isocrates
  2. Terry L. Papillon
  3. pp. 11-18
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  1. Theodorus Byzantius on the Parts of a Speech
  2. Robert N. Gaines
  3. pp. 19-29
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  1. Gorgias’ “On Non-Being”: Genre, Purpose, and Testimonia
  2. Carol Poster
  3. pp. 30-46
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  1. Parmenides: Philosopher, Rhetorician, Skywalker
  2. Thomas Rickert
  3. pp. 47-62
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  1. Heraclitus’ Doublespeak: The Paradoxical Origins of Rhetorical Logos
  2. Robin Reames
  3. pp. 63-78
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  1. Rhetoric and Royalty: Odysseus’ Presentation of the Female Shades in Hades
  2. Marina McCoy
  3. pp. 79-96
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  1. Mētis, Themis, and the Practice of Epic Speech
  2. David C. Hoffman
  3. pp. 97-112
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  1. It Takes an Empire to Raise a Sophist: An Athens-Centered Analysis of the Oikonomia of Pre-Platonic Rhetoric
  2. Michael Svoboda
  3. pp. 113-132
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  1. Afterword: Persistent Questions in the Historiography of Early Greek Rhetorical Theory
  2. Edward Schiappa
  3. pp. 133-142
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  1. Appendix A: A Timeline of the Life of Gorgias of Leontini
  2. Carol Poster
  3. pp. 143-146
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  1. Appendix B: A Summary of Gorgias’ Work and Activity
  2. Carol Poster
  3. pp. 147-148
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  1. Appendix C: A New Testimonium of Theodorus Byzantius
  2. Robert N. Gaines
  3. pp. 149-150
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 151-170
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 171-186
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 187-188
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 189-191
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