Download E-books Sophistical Rhetoric in Classical Greece (Studies in Rhetoric/Communication) PDF

By John Poulakos

In Sophistical Rhetoric in Classical Greece, John Poulakos bargains a brand new conceptualization of sophistry, explaining its course and form in addition to the explanations why Plato, Isocrates, and Aristotle stumbled on it objectionable. Poulakos argues right realizing of sophistical rhetoric calls for a take hold of of 3 cultural dynamics of the 5th century B.C.: the common sense of situations, the ethic of festival, and the cultured of exhibition. Traced to such phenomena as daily practices, athletic contests, and dramatic performances, those dynamics set the degree for the function of sophistical rhetoric in Hellenic tradition and clarify why sophistry has commonly been understood as inconsistent, agonistic, and ostentatious. In his dialogue of old responses to sophistical rhetoric, Poulakos observes that Plato, Isocrates, and Aristotle came across sophistry morally reprehensible, politically dead, and theoretically incoherent. whilst, they produced their very own model of rhetoric that encouraged moral integrity, political unification, and theoretical coherence. Poulakos explains that those responses and replacement models have been influenced through a look for ideas to such ancient difficulties as ethical uncertainty, political instability, and social disease. Poulakos concludes that sophistical rhetoric used to be as helpful in its day as its Platonic, Isocratean, and Aristotelian opposite numbers have been in theirs.

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Download E-books The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War PDF

By Donald Kagan

The first quantity of Donald Kagan's acclaimed four-volume heritage of the Peloponnesian conflict bargains a brand new overview of the origins and motives of the clash, in accordance with proof produced by way of glossy scholarship and on a cautious reconsideration of the traditional texts. He focuses his examine at the query: was once the warfare inevitable, or may well it were avoided?

Kagan takes factor with Thucydides' view that the struggle was once inevitable, that the increase of the Athenian Empire in a global with an current rival energy made a conflict among the 2 a walk in the park. announcing as an alternative that the foundation of the conflict "cannot, with no severe distortion, be taken care of in isolation from the inner historical past of the states involved," Kagan lines the connections among family politics, constitutional association, and overseas affairs. He extra examines the facts to work out what judgements have been made that ended in battle, at every one aspect asking even if a unique choice could were possible.

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Download E-books Fear of Diversity: The Birth of Political Science in Ancient Greek Thought PDF

By Arlene W. Saxonhouse

This wide-ranging publication locates the starting place of political technological know-how within the daily international of old Greek lifestyles, proposal, and tradition. Arlene Saxonhouse contends that the Greeks, faced by way of the confusing variety of the actual global, sought a strength that might unify, constrain, and clarify it. This force towards solidarity did greater than worth the brain over the senses: it led the Greeks to minimize the very genuine complexities—particularly relating to girls, the kinfolk, and sexuality—in either their political and private lives.

Saxonhouse opens up clean understandings of such concerns because the Greeks' worry of the female and their makes an attempt to disregard the calls for that gender, replica, and the kin unavoidably make at the individual.

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Download E-books A Companion to Ethnicity in the Ancient Mediterranean (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World) PDF

A significant other to Ethnicity within the historic Mediterranean provides a accomplished number of essays contributed by means of Classical reports students that discover questions with regards to ethnicity within the old Mediterranean world.

  • Covers subject matters of ethnicity in civilizations starting from historic Egypt and Israel, to Greece and Rome, and into past due Antiquity
  • Features state-of-the-art learn on ethnicity in terms of Philistine, Etruscan, and Phoenician identities
  • Reveals the categorical relationships among historical and smooth ethnicities
  • Introduces an interpretation of ethnicity as an energetic part of social identity
  • Represents a basic wondering of officially permitted and stuck different types within the field

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Download E-books The Fall of the Athenian Empire (A New History of the Peloponnesian War) PDF

By Donald Kagan

In the fourth and ultimate quantity of his magisterial background of the Peloponnesian warfare, Donald Kagan examines the interval from the destruction of Athens' Sicilian excursion in September of 413 B.C. to the Athenian give up to Sparta within the spring of 404 B.C. via his learn of this final decade of the struggle, Kagan evaluates the functionality of the Athenian democracy because it confronted its such a lot critical problem. whilst, Kagan assesses Thucydides' interpretation of the explanations for Athens’ defeat and the destruction of the Athenian Empire.

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Download E-books Ancient Greek Women in Film (Classical Presences) PDF

This quantity examines cinematic representations of old Greek girls from the nation-states of fantasy and background. It discusses how those girl figures are resurrected at the huge display by means of various filmmakers in the course of assorted historic moments, and are for that reason embedded inside a story which serves a number of reasons, reckoning on the director of the movie, its screenwriters, the studio, the rustic of its beginning, and the sociopolitical context on the time of its production.

Using a various array of hermeneutic techniques (such as gender idea, feminist feedback, psychoanalysis, viewer-response thought, and private voice criticism), the essays objective to solid mild on cinema's investments within the classical previous and decode the mechanisms wherein the ladies lower than exam are extracted from their unique context and are dropped at lifestyles to function cars for the articulation of recent rules, issues, and cultural tendencies. the amount hence goals to enquire not just how antiquity at the display depicts, and during this procedure distorts, compresses, contests, and revises, antiquity at the web page but additionally, extra crucially, why the medium follows such eclectic representational innovations vis-a-vis the classical world.

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Download E-books The Cambridge Companion to Greek Tragedy (Cambridge Companions to Literature) PDF

This publication offers historical Greek tragedy within the context of late-twentieth-century interpreting, feedback and function. The twelve chapters, written via seven exotic students, disguise tragedy as an establishment within the civic lifetime of historical Athens, various methods to the surviving performs, and altering styles of reception, edition and function from antiquity to the current.

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Download E-books A Companion to Greek and Roman Sexualities PDF

A better half to Greek and Roman Sexualities offers a accomplished number of unique essays on the subject of elements of gender and sexuality within the classical world.

  • Views a few of the practices and discursive contexts of sexuality systematically and holistically
  • Discusses Greece and Rome in each one bankruptcy, with sensitivity to the continuities and adjustments among the 2 classical civilizations
  • Addresses the classical effect at the realizing of later a long time and religion
  • Covers inventive and literary genres, numerous social environments of sexual behavior, and the technical disciplines of drugs, magic, physiognomy, and dream interpretation
  • Features contributions from greater than forty most sensible foreign scholars

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