This book introduces readers to the ancient rhetorical tradition by investigating key questions about the origins, nature and importance of rhetoric.
Explores the role of the orator, especially the two greatest figures of the tradition, Demosthenes and Cicero
Investigates the place of rhetoric at the center of ancient education
Considers the role of rhetoric since the end of antiquity.
Includes a glossary of proper names and technical terms; a chronological table of political events, authors, orators, and rhetorical works; and suggestions for further reading.