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Rhetoric before and beyond the Greeks
Rhetoric before and beyond the Greeks
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Carol S. Lipson - Editor
Roberta A. Binkley - Editor
Price: $95.00 
Hardcover - 274 pages
Release Date: August 2004
ISBN10: 0-7914-6099-1
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6099-3

Price: $33.95 
Paperback - 274 pages
Release Date: July 2004
ISBN10: 0-7914-6100-9
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6100-6

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Examines rhetorical practices in cultures and time periods that have received little attention to date.

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.

“…all in all we get a good understanding of how rhetoric functioned in very different cultures.” — Bibliotheca Orientalis

"These essays forcefully and engagingly challenge the academic commonplace that Athenian rhetoric is foundational. Scholars teaching ‘the classical’ will need to pay close attention to the expanded corpus, and they will use this book as a central text in histories of rhetoric courses and as a supplement to more mainstream texts." — Susan Romano, coauthor of Writing in an Electronic World: A Rhetoric with Readings

Contributors include Roberta A. Binkley, Grant M. Boswell, Richard Leo Enos, William W. Hallo, Paul Y. Hoskisson, Carol S. Lipson, Yameng Liu, Arabella Lyon, David Metzger, C. Jan Swearingen, Deborah Sweeney, James W. Watts, and George Q. Xu.

Carol S. Lipson is Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at Syracuse University. Roberta A. Binkley is Lecturer in English at Arizona State University.

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Table of Contents


Mesopotamian Rhetoric

The Birth of Rhetoric
William W. Hallo

The Rhetoric of Origins and the Other: Reading the Ancient Figure of Enheduanna
Roberta Binkley

Neo-Assyrian Rhetoric: The Example of the Third Campaign of Sennacherib (704–681 B.C.)
Paul Y. Hoskisson and Grant M. Boswell

Egyptian Rhetoric

Ancient Egyptian Rhetoric: It All Comes Down to Maat
Carol S. Lipson

Law, Rhetoric, and Gender in Ramesside Egypt
Deborah Sweeney

Chinese Rhetoric

The Use of Eloquence: The Confucian Perspective
George Q. Xu

Confucian Silence and Remonstration: A Basis for Deliberation?
Arabella Lyon

"Nothing Can Be Accomplished If the Speech Does Not Sound Agreeable:" Rhetoric and the Invention of Classical Chinese Discourse
Yameng Liu

Biblical Rhetoric

Pentateuchal Rhetoric and the Voice of the Aaronides
David Metzger

Alternative Greek Rhetoric

The Art of Rhetoric at Rhodes: An Eastern Rival to the Athenian Representation of Classical Rhetoric
Richard Leo Enos

Cross-Cultural Rhetorical Studies

Story-List-Sanction: A Cross-Cultural Strategy of Ancient Persuasion
James W. Watts

Song to Speech: The Origins of Early Epitaphia in Ancient Near Eastern Women's Lamentations
C. Jan Swearingen

Suggestions for Teaching Ancient Rhetorics

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