Rhetoric Politics Greece&Rome
What is the art of rhetoric? What ancient rhetorical techniques still make effective political weapons today? What does the use of slander reveal about the ancients and ourselves? In this course, we will learn the fundamentals and techniques of Greco-Roman oratory and examine, in particular, the aims and conventions of slander. By comparing ancient and modern political propaganda (e.g. campaign speeches) in their historical contexts, we will come to a better understanding of the power of rhetoric to frame and influence political debate. Readings will include works by Plato, Aristotle, Demosthenes, Cicero, Catullus, and Sallust, as well as selections from contemporary politics. 2 hrs. lect., 1 hr. disc.