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The Art of Rhetoric: Art of Rhetoric
by Aristotle

ISBN: 9780140445107
PUBLISHER: Penguin Books Ltd
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 304
PUBLICATION DATE: 31.10.1991
DIMENSIONS: 198mmX129mmX17mm 224grams

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With the emergence of democracy in the city-state of Athens in the years around 460 BC, public speaking became an essential skill for politicians in the Assemblies and Councils and even for ordinary citizens in the courts of law. In response, the technique of rhetoric rapidly developed, bringing virtuoso performances and a host of practical manuals for the layman. While many of these were little more than collections of debaters' tricks, the Art of Rhetoric held a far deeper purpose. Here Aristotle (384 322 BC) establishes the methods of informal reasoning, provides the first aesthetic evaluation of prose style and offers detailed observations on character and the emotions. Hugely influential upon later Western culture, the Art of Rhetoric is a fascinating consideration of the force of persuasion and sophistry, and a compelling guide to the principles behind oratorical skill.

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