Rhetorical Education

Joy Connolly

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Relations in the Roman World

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780195188004
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

 Rhetorical Education

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This article discusses rhetorical education, which gave its students the means to negotiate social relations. It is evidenced that it was used to both renew and subtly resist inequalities of power and wealth. It shows that rhetorical education or training offered little systematic knowledge and habits of innovative thinking. In fact, the language of word and gesture that it created seemed to be consistent and predictable. The article also discusses eloquence, declamations, and the importance of imagination in sustaining social relations.

Keywords: rhetorical education; power; wealth; word and gesture; eloquence; declamations; imagination

Article.  8431 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Ancient Roman History ; Historical Archaeology

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