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Focusing on ancient rhetoric outside of the dominant Western tradition, this collection examines rhetorical practices in Egypt, Mesopotamia, Israel, and China. The book uncovers alternate ways of understanding human behavior and explores how these rhetorical practices both reflected and influenced their cultures. The essays address issues of historiography and raise questions about the application of Western rhetorical concepts to these very different ancient cultures. A chapter on suggestions for teaching each of these ancient rhetorics is included.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Rhetoric before and beyond the Greeks
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  1. Contents
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. The Birth of Rhetoric
  2. pp. 25-46
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  1. The Rhetoric of Origins and the Other: Reading the Ancient Figure of Enheduanna
  2. pp. 47-64
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  1. Neo-Assyrian Rhetoric: The Example of the Third Campaign of Sennacherib (704–681 B.C.)
  2. pp. 65-78
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  1. Ancient Egyptian Rhetoric: It All Comes Down to Maat
  2. pp. 79-98
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  1. Law, Rhetoric, and Gender in Ramesside Egypt
  2. pp. 99-114
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  1. The Use of Eloquence: The Confucian Perspective
  2. pp. 115-130
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  1. Confucian Silence and Remonstration: A Basis for Deliberation?
  2. pp. 131-146
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  1. “Nothing Can Be Accomplished If the Speech Does Not Sound Agreeable”: Rhetoric and the Invention of Classical Chinese Discourse
  2. pp. 147-164
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  1. Pentateuchal Rhetoric and the Voice of the Aaronides
  2. pp. 165-182
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  1. The Art of Rhetoric at Rhodes: An Eastern Rival to the Athenian Representation of Classical Rhetoric
  2. pp. 183-196
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  1. Story–List–Sanction: A Cross-Cultural Strategy of Ancient Persuasion
  2. pp. 197-212
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  1. Song to Speech: The Origins of Early Epitaphia in Ancient Near Eastern Women’s Lamentations
  2. pp. 213-226
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  1. Suggestions for Teaching Ancient Rhetorics
  2. pp. 227-256
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 257-260
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 261-267
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780791485033
Related ISBN
9780791460993
MARC Record
OCLC
62365180
Pages
274
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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