Beate Beer

13Rhetorik des Hellenismus: Von Theophrast bis Philodem

Abstract: A vital debate about the scientific status of rhetoric arose out of the competition between philosophy and rhetoric as educational subjects. This debate later on caused conflicts between philosophical schools and their different rhetorical doctrines. It stimulated rhetorical theorization in Hellenistic times. Our knowledge though is founded mostly on interpretive testimonies rather than on direct transmission. Theophrastus and Hermagoras were preeminent in the reception of their rhetorical theories. Both can be considered as arguing in favor of the scientific status of rhetoric. Theophrastus seems to have focused on style and to have formulated his rhetoric by developing ...

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