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Ancient Greeks

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  1. Ancient Greeks History of Rhetoric

  2. Something Remarkable Happened • 6th-4th Century B.C. • Demokratia • (demos=people; kartos=political power) • Athenian citizens (birthright) decided: • Go to War • Send Ambassadors • Raise / Lower taxes • Convict / Acquit the accused

  3. Ancient Agora The Ancient Agora (The Agora was an open "place of assembly" in ancient Greek city-states. Early in Greek history (900s–700s BCE), free-born male land-owners who were citizens would gather in the agora for military duty or to hear statements of the ruling king or council) of Athens is the best-known example of an ancient Greek agora. tonioneill.blogspot.com/

  4. Rights of Citizens • Isegoria: Equality in the agora: assembly • 500 Athenians gathered (not all spoke) • 5th C: Rhetor • (Someone who introduces legislation into the assembly) • 4th C: Rhetor • (Expert on politics) • Later: Rhetor • (One skilled in public speaking)

  5. Origins of Rhetoric • Empedocles, 6th C philosopher, poet, magician • Two Sicilian rhetoricians: Tisias & Corax Both wrote a handbook of rhetoric • Story of Corax & Tisias

  6. Greek Theater