On Rhetoric: A Theory of Civic Discourse Character Descriptions

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Character Descriptions

The Political Rhetorician - This person was primarily concerned with passing a law or otherwise convincing a legislative body of some particular course of action, like signing a treaty or going to war.

The Forensic Rhetorician - This person was concerned with making a case in a court of law in favor or against some person accused of a crime.

The Epideictic Rhetorician - This person's speeches focused on either praising or denouncing some well-known figure.

Sophist - This was a generally derogatory term for a person who abused his argumentative and rhetorical skills in order to convince people of false propositions.

Homer - This person was a Greek poet whose two epic poems, the Iliad and the Odyssey, were authorities on almost every matter in ancient Greek society.

Sophocles - This person was an ancient Greek playwright whose plays were quoted occasionally in order to prove...

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