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Adam Smith and Ancient Literature

Gloria Vivenza

in Adam Smith and the Classics

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780198296669
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597008 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198296665.003.0006
 Adam Smith and Ancient Literature

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Deals with Adam Smith's Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres, i.e. with the set of lecture notes discovered and published in the twentieth century. The chapter follows Smith's exposition, which starts with poetry and after it illustrates prose in its main forms, namely history, didactic writing, oratory. The relationship of Smith's treatment of rhetoric and literature with important aspects of his subsequent thought is illustrated.

Keywords: comedy; eloquence; literature; oratory; persuasion; poetry; prose; rhetoric; style; tragedy

Chapter.  13731 words. 

Subjects: History of Economic Thought

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