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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; Second Edition, Revised and Enlarged edition (February 22, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807847690
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807847695
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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[A] valuable tool for all scholars and students of the history of rhetoric.Winifred Bryan Horner, coeditor of "Rhetoric and Pedagogy: Its History, Philosophy, and Practice"

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This edition is even more user-friendly than the first. It is a valuable work for students in both religious studies and biblical studies.--Religious Studies Review|Reflecting the best and most recent scholarship in the history of rhetoric, George Kennedy enlarges and updates his overview of classical rhetoric, extending it into the arenas of Spanish, Mexican, European, and American rhetoric as well as women's rhetoric through the ages. With the addition of a new chapter he brings it into the present through his examination of twentieth-century English rhetoric and composition and critical theory. It becomes a valuable tool for all scholars and students of the history of rhetoric.--Winifred Bryan Horner, coeditor of Rhetoric and Pedagogy: Its History, Philosophy, and Practice|Kennedy's revised edition will work exceedingly well in courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels in the disciplines of English (rhetoric and composition studies), communication studies, comparative literature, classics, economics, and the many other fields that have, in the last twenty-five years, found rhetoric to be indispensable. In this most recent revival of rhetoric, George Kennedy himself has been indispensable.--Kathleen E. Welch, University of Oklahoma|This is a truly revised and enlarged edition of a major work. The eminent classicist presents the history of rhetoric and its various relations from Homer to contemporary deconstruction. . . . Kennedy writes with ease and lucidity. His synoptic prowess melds the lives of the rhetoricians and the life of rhetoric in the West into one living process.--Journal of Early Christian Studies

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Cunningham VINE VOICE on September 26, 2005
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Beyond "excellent" in content and detail, this book can be described as an "anthology of summaries and reviews" of classical writers from Homer to Umberto Eco. For those involved in the Classical Christian school movement, Kennedy's book helps to explain how Jewish scholars assigned authority differently from the Greeks and how both the Greek and Jewish traditions carried on into the Christian era. The book addresses both the content and artistry of classical rhetoric, is well-indexed and documented, and includes an excellent bibliography. Highly readable as well, this survey (in my opinion) should be in every library in a classical school.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Felipe Valencia on August 19, 2012
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One wishes all surveys were as good as this book. Prof. Kennedy's survey of classical rhetoric is clear, authoritative, informative, and a pleasure to read. He is pithy and didactic without being patronizing or superficial. His command of the subject is vast. Each chapter is conviniently divided into sections, to facilitate quick reference. Yet the narrative coherence of the book is preserved throughout. The notes at the end of the volume provide the bibliographical references that may be desired by someone wishing to delve deeper into the matter. In addition, UNC Press produced a handsome volume: big, clear type, wide margins, and good paper, ideal for annotation.

I highly recommend this book as a starting point to study classical rhetoric, or simply to familiarize themselves with an important subject in Western thought.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Duke on April 13, 2013
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I can't recommend this book enough! This book provides a simply amazing and accessible background of classical rhetoric. This book should be required for anyone interested in studying rhetoric!
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