On Rhetoric: A Theory of Civic Discourse Character Descriptions

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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 or illustrate some point.

Plato

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