Rhetoric in Ancient Greece: General Sources

General secondary sources in Greek rhetoric. Wherever possible, find or build a bibliography in some narrower category; but some works really are on topics as global, or as unique, as warrant placement here.


Ahl, Frederick. "The Art of Safe Criticism in Greece and Rome." American Journal of Philology 105 (1984).

Alexiou, Evangelos. Greek Rhetoric of the 4th Century BC: The Elixir of Democracy and Individuality. Germany, De Gruyter, 2020.

Auerbach, Erich. Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1953.

Bryant, D. C., ed. Ancient Greek and Roman Rhetoricians: A Biographical Dictionary. Columbia, MO: Artcraft P, 1968.

Clark, Donald Lemen. Rhetoric in Greco-Roman Education. New York: Columbia UP, 1957.

Cole, Thomas. The Origins of Rhetoric in Ancient Greece. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1991.

Connors, Robert J. "Greek Rhetoric and the Transition from Orality." Philosophy & Rhetoric 19/1 (1986): 38-65.

Eden, Kathy. Poetic and Legal Fiction in the Aristotelian Tradition. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1986.

Euben, J. Peter. "The Battle of Salamis and the Origins of Political Theory." Political Theory 14 (1986): 359-390.

Farrar, Cynthia. The Origins of Democratic Thinking: The Invention of Politics in Classical Athens. New York: Cambridge UP, 1998.

Field, Guy Cromwell. Plato and His Contemporaries: A Study in Fourth-Century Life and Thought. London: Methuen, 1953.

Finley, John H. Four Stages of Greek Thought. London: Oxford UP, 1966.

Guthrie, William Keith Chambers. A History of Greek Philosophy. Vol. III: The Fifth Century Enlightenment. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1969.

Harding, P. "Rhetoric and Politics in Fourth-Century Athens." Phoenix 41 (1987): 25-39.

Hutchinson, D. S. "Doctrines of the Mean and the Debate Concerning Skills in Fourth-Century Medicine, Rhetoric, and Ethics." Apeiron 21 (1988): 17-52.

Joyner, G. "The Agora in Athens: Literary Sources." Hellenika: Essays on Greek History and Politics. North Ryde: Macquarie UP, 1982. 97-120.

Jordan, Mark D. "Ancient Philosophic Protreptic and the Problem of Persuasive Genres." Rhetorica 4 (1986): 309-333.

Kane, Francis I. "Peitho and the Polis." Philosophy & Rhetoric 19 (1986): 99-124.

Kastely, James L. Rethinking the Rhetorical Tradition: From Plato to Post-Modernism. New Haven: Yale UP, 1997.

Kennedy, George. The Art of Persuasion in Greece. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1963.

—-. Classical Rhetoric and Its Christian and Secular Tradition from Ancient to Modern Times. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1980.

—-. A New History of Classical Rhetoric. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1994.

Lentz, Tony M. "Spoken vs. Written Inartistic Proof in Athenian Courts." Philosophy & Rhetoric 16/4 (1983): 242-261.

Loraux, Nicole. The Invention of Athens: The Funeral Oration in the Classical City. Trans. Alan Sheridan. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1986.

Murphy, James J., ed. A Synoptic History of Classical Rhetoric. Davis, CA: Hermagoras P, 1983.

Nussbaum, Martha. The Fragility of Goodness: Luck and Ethics in Greek Tragedy and Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1986.

de Romilly, Jacqueline. "History and Philosophy." Diogenes (1974): 50-68.

—-. Magic and Rhetoric in Ancient Greece. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1975.

Ronald, Kate. "A Reexamination of Personal and Public Discourse in Classical Rhetoric." Rhetoric Review 9 (1990): 36-48.

Sinclair, Thomas Alan. A History of Greek Political Thought. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1951.

Solmsen, Friedrich. Intellectual Experiments of the Greek Enlightenment. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1975.

Swearingen, Jan. Rhetoric and Irony: Western Literacy and Western Lies. New York: Oxford UP, 1991.

Thomas, Rosalind. Oral Tradition and Written Record in Classical Athens. Studies in Oral and Literate Culture 18. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1989.

Tuplin, C. "Imperial Tyranny: Some Reflections on a Classical Greek Political Metaphor." History of Political Thought 6 (1985): 348-375.

Vickers, Brian. In Defense of Rhetoric. Oxford: Clarendon, 1988.

Wardy, Robert. The Birth of Rhetoric: Gorgias, Plato, and their Successors. New York: Routledge, 1996.

Yunis, Harvey. Taming Democracy: Models of Political Rhetoric in Classical Athens. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1996

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