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Previous studies on the relationship between rhetorical theory and Roman poetry have generally taken the form of lists enumerating elements of style and arrangement that poets are said to have 'borrowed' from rhetorical critics. This book examines, and ultimately questions, this entrenched theoretical model and the very notion of rhetorical influence on which this paradigm is built. Tracing key moments in the poetic and the rhetorical traditions, in the context of which the problematic relationship of difference and similarity between rhetorical and poetic discourse is discussed, the book focuses on the cultural relevance of this intellectual divide in Roman literary culture. The study of rhetorical sources, such as Cicero, Seneca the Elder and Quintilian, and of select responses in Roman poetry, sheds light on long-standing scholarly assumptions about classical poetry as artless language and about the role of rhetoric in the construction of the decline of post-classical cultures.Read more
- Offers an innovative analysis of the relationship between rhetoric and poetry in Roman culture
- Moves away from the traditional focus on elements deemed 'rhetorical' in poetic texts and examines instead the poets' own perspective on the role of the rhetorical medium
- Provides a new and comprehensive analysis of the role of poetry and the poetic in rhetorical theory
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- Publication planned for: October 2019
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107104242
- dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
- contains: 1 b/w illus.
- availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
Table of Contents
Part I. Poetry in Rhetoric:
1. Poetry and rhetoric and poetry in rhetoric
2. Poetry and the poetic in Seneca the Elder's Controuersiae and Suasoriae
3. The orator and the poet in Quintilian's Institutio Oratoria
Part II. Oratory in Epic:
4. The orator in the storm
5. Epic demagoguery
Part III. 'Rhetoricizing Poetry':
6. Non minus orator quam poeta: Virgil the orator in Late Antiquity.
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