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Issue Brief: Classical Rhetoric

Cheryl Glenn and Heather Brook Adams

The Pennsylvania State University

Contemporary studies of rhetoric can be traced to rhetoric’s emergence as a practical art in ancient Athens during the 4th and 5th centuries BCE as well as to its codification by Aristotle around the middle of the 4th century BCE. Early Athenian and Roman philosophers of rhetoric such as Aristotle, Aspasia, Plato, the Sophists (theorists and teachers of rhetoric whose work was systematically destroyed), Cicero, and Quintilian are central figures of antiquity whose ideas continue to serve as a basis for Western definitions, practices, and evaluations of rhetoric. Despite a lingering focus on the Greek and Roman roots of contemporary rhetorical study, concerted efforts are being made to recognize roots of rhetorical study in Asia and Africa.

Leading Journals

Advances in the History of Rhetoric

Classical Antiquity

The Classical Quarterly

Journal of Hellenistic Studies

Philosophy and Rhetoric


Quarterly Journal of Speech

Rhetoric Review

Rhetoric Society Quarterly


Yale Classical Studies

Relevant Organizations

American Society for the History of Rhetoric

International Society for the History of Rhetoric   

National Communication Association

Rhetoric Society of America

Relevant Web Sites

Rhetoric and Composition

Silvae Rhetoricae

Relevant Email Discussion Lists


Document and Site Resources

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