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Classicists admit the fact, deplore it, and forget it. After all, the Greeks condoned animal sacrifice, homosexuality, watered wine, and cock fights. But we will never understand the Greeks unless we understand what is peculiar about them.
Because we know them best from their literature and because much of this was molded by rhetoric, we should make an effort to achieve a sympathetic comprehension of what they conceived that art to be. In its origin and intention rhetoric was natural and good: Greek society relied on oral expression.
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SM carries annually in August "A bibliography of rhetoric and public address" ed. The political system, for example, operated through the direct speech of the citizens among themselves and to their magistrates, and of the magistrates to their administrative assistants.
Writing was used to record a vote, a law, a resolution, but rarely to achieve it in the first place. Political agitation was usually accomplished or defeated by word of mouth.
The judicial system was similarly oral: There were written business contracts, but they were negotiated and enforced by face-to-face argument rather than by prolonged correspondence. There were no newspapers, magazines, handbills, or circulars; information was spread orally.
Entertainment was provided only to a limited extent by reading; informal conversation, the legitimate stage, or the sound of the human voice in some form constituted the commonest form of diversion. All literature was written to be heard, and even when reading to himself a Greek read aloud.
The oral nature of the society is evident in Greek literature, which flourished long before it was written down. The Homeric poems are undoubtedly the pinnacle of an oral tradition of epic verse that had sung of the deeds of the Trojan war and heroic Greece for generations, conforming extemporaneously to an exacting metrical form by the use of formulae and themes.
Greek drama, both tragedy and comedy, grew out of the spontaneous oral traditions of festivals. The beginnings of philosophy are to be found in the traditional folk maxims and cosmologies which made the transition to writing in the poetry we attribute to Hesiod, and history reaches back to the beginnings of time through the tales told around a camp fire, the genealogies, real or fictitious, of famous families, and the advice imparted or the wonders reported by one traveler to another.
The Greeks have always loved to talk and even wrangle, and have felt the force of their own words.The Art of Persuasion in Greece A concern for the art of per as rhetoric was anciently defin a principal feature of Greek inte life.
In this first authoritative s the whole complex of subjects t labeled "rhetoric," Mr. Kenn plores rhetorical theory and from the fifth to the first centu Beginning with the practical, rhetoric of the pre-Socratic e study progresses through the Aristotle and the.
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