Rhetoric and Power
The Drama of Classical Greece
Investigating major works by Homer, Heraclitus, Aeschylus, Protagoras, Gorgias, Thucydides, Aristophanes, Plato, Isocrates, and Aristotle, Rhetoric and Power tells the story of the rise and fall of classical Greece while simultaneously developing rhetorical theory from the close criticism of particular texts. As a form of rhetorical criticism, this volume offers challenging new readings to canonical works such as Aeschylus's Persians, Gorgias's Helen, Aristophanes's Birds, and Isocrates's Nicocles by reading them as reflections of the political culture of their time.
Through this theoretical inquiry, Crick uses these criticisms to articulate and define a plurality of rhetorical genres and concepts, such as heroic eloquence, tragicomedy, representative publicity, ideology, and the public sphere, and their relationships to different structures and ethics of power, such as monarchy, democracy, aristocracy, and empire. Rhetoric and Power thus provides a foundation for rhetorical history, criticism, and theory that draws on contemporary research to prove again the incredible richness of the classical tradition for contemporary rhetorical scholarship and practice.
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"Both drama and epic, this remarkable book traces the continually shifting conceptions of rhetoric and power from Homer to Aristotle. This broad sweep is balanced by the clarity and nuance of each chapter, and one sure result is that it will be a superb text for classroom instruction. We still have much to learn from antiquity, and Crick exemplifies how the study of classical rhetoric can be a source of understanding for a tragic world."—Robert Hariman, Northwestern University
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