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On Rhetoric

A Theory of Civic Discourse

Second Edition

Translated by George A. Kennedy

Publication Date - 13 June 2006

ISBN: 9780195305098

352 pages
5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

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This new edition of George Kennedy's highly acclaimed translation and commentary offers the most faithful English version ever published of On Rhetoric.


This new edition of George A. Kennedy's highly acclaimed translation and commentary offers the most faithful English version ever published of On Rhetoric. Based on careful study of the Greek text and informed by the best modern scholarship, the second edition has been fully revised and updated. As in the first edition, Kennedy makes the work readily accessible to modern students by providing an insightful general introduction, helpful section introductions, a detailed outline, extensive explanatory notes, and a glossary of Aristotle's rhetorical terms. Striving to convey a sense of Aristotle's distinctive way of thinking, Kennedy preserves the meaning and technical language of the original text, explaining it in detail as opposed to simplifying it as other translations do.

Updated and expanded in light of recent scholarship, the second edition features:

* A revised introduction with two new sections: "The Strengths and Limitations of On Rhetoric" and "Aristotle's Original Audience and His Audience Today"
* A more user-friendly format: running heads now include book and chapter numbers
* An updated bibliography
* Revised appendices that provide translations of new supplementary texts--Socrates' Critique of Sophistic Rhetoric; Lysias' Speech Against the Grain Dealers; two selections from Isocrates (from Against the Sophists and from the Antidosis); selections from Rhetoric for Alexander; and Demosthenes' Third Philippic--and an extensive revision of George A. Kennedy's essay "The Earliest Rhetorical Handbooks"

Previous Publication Date(s)

June 2006


Praise for the previous edition: "[This book] is much more than a translation; it is a guide to the literature, a mini-commentary, and a do-it-yourself manual to understanding Aristotle. . . . [It] deserves to be the standard translation for decades to come."--Quarterly Journal of Speech

"George Kennedy has taken on a difficult job--providing a scholarly edition of the Rhetoric that will also serve as a textbook for students--and has succeeded admirably. His introduction gives an excellent overview of Aristotle's work and is a pleasure to read. The chapter-by-chapter outline is magnificent."--Erika Lindemann, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"Easy-to-read, trustworthy, and has the added distinction of bringing out more clearly than any other translation the way Aristotle's reasoning works. It will improve the general state of Aristotle studies in the English-speaking world."--Thomas Conley, University of Illinois

"Kennedy's extensive use of footnotes and careful editing allow students access to Aristotle's writings as few other translations are able to do. This book is a must for any contemporary study of classical rhetorical theory."--James J. Tarbox, Oregon State University

Table of Contents

    Notes on the Translation
    A. Aristotle's Life and Works
    B. Rhetoric Before Aristotle
    C. Aristotle's Classification of Rhetoric
    D. Aristotle's Original Audience and His Audience Today
    E. The Strengths and Limitations of On Rhetoric
    F. Chapter-by-Chapter Outline of On Rhetoric
    Book 1: Pisteis, or The Means of Persuasion in Public Address
    Book 2: Pisteis, or The Means of Persuasion in Public Address (continued)
    Book 3: Delivery, Style, and Arrangement
    Appendix I: Supplementary Texts
    A. Gorgias' Encomium of Helen
    B. Socrates' Critique of Sophistic Rhetoric
    C. Lysias' Speech Against the Grain Dealers
    D. Introduction to Dialectic from Aristotle, Topics 1.1-3
    E. Two Selections from Isocrates
    1. From Against the Sophists
    2. From the Antidosis
    F. Selections from Rhetoric for Alexander
    G. On Word Choice and Metaphor, from Aristotle's Poetics
    H. Demosthenes' Third Philippic
    Appendix II: Supplementary Essays
    A. The Earliest Rhetorical Handbooks
    B. The History of the Text After Aristotle