By Kathleen S. Lamp
Lamp starts by means of learning rhetorical treatises, these texts so much favourite to students of rhetoric, and strikes directly to these most manifestly utilizing rhetorical suggestions in visible shape. She then arrives at these items least recognizable as rhetorical artifacts, yet possibly most important to the day-by-day lives of the Roman people—coins, altars, wall portray. This development additionally captures the advance of the Augustan political delusion that Augustus was once destined to rule and lead Rome to greatness as a descendant of the hero Aeneas.
A urban of Marble examines the institution of this delusion in nation rhetoric, strains its move, and at last samples its well known receptions and variations. In doing so, Lamp inserts a long-excluded notwithstanding major audience—the universal humans of Rome—into modern understandings of rhetorical historical past and considers Augustan tradition as major in shaping civic id, encouraging civic participation, and selling social advancement.
Lamp methods the connection among classical rhetoric and Augustan tradition via a transdisciplinary technique drawn from archaeology, artwork and architectural heritage, numismatics, classics, and rhetorical stories. by way of doing so, she grounds Dionysius of Halicarnassus’s claims that the Principate represented a renaissance of rhetoric rooted in tradition and a go back to an Isocratean philosophical version of rhetoric, hence supplying a counterstatement to the “decline narrative” that rhetorical perform withered within the early Roman Empire. therefore Lamp’s paintings presents a step towards filling the disciplinary hole among Cicero and the second one Sophistic.
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A City of Marble: The Rhetoric of Augustan Rome (Studies in Rhetoric/Communication) by Kathleen S. Lamp