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Greek Drama and the Invention of Rhetoric


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Part One: What Drama Does and How It Does It

1. Setting the Stage
2. Seeing is Believing
3. The Muse Takes a Holiday
4. "It's counterpoint," he countered, and pointed.
5. Illusion and Collusion
6. Reaction Time

Part Two: The Second Stage: The Invention of Rhetoric

7. Paradigm Shift Happens
8. Perhaps You Will Object
9. Putting the Accuser on Trial

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About the Author

David Sansone is Professor Emeritus of Classics at the University of Illinois. A former editor of the journal Illinois Classical Studies, he has also served on the editorial boards of Classical Philology and Bryn Mawr Classical Review, and been a member of the Board of Directors of the American Philological Association. He is the author of Greek Athletics and the Genesis of Sport (1988), Plutarch: Lives of Aristeides and Cato (1989) and Ancient Greek Civilization (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009).


Every reader, both novice and expert, will learn a greatdeal from this insightful and refreshing study. (Vorlagen und Nachrichten, 1 November 2014) "The book is lively and readable, and should be read by everyoneinterested either in tragedy or in the origins of rhetoric." (Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 16 June 2013) Sansone considers a wide range of text and offersa valuable discussion of how many features of formal rhetoric maybe traced back to drama and earlier literary genres. (Anglo-Hellenic Review, 1 March 2013) The book is elegantly and often wittily written, with awide range of cultural reference, and can strongly be recommendedto anyone interested in the drama of any period. (Rogueclassicism, 26 February 2013)

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