By Kathleen S. Lamp
Lamp starts by way of learning rhetorical treatises, these texts so much frequent to students of rhetoric, and strikes directly to these most glaringly utilizing rhetorical concepts in visible shape. She then arrives at these gadgets least recognizable as rhetorical artifacts, yet probably most vital 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 fable in kingdom rhetoric, lines its flow, and at last samples its well known receptions and diversifications. In doing so, Lamp inserts a long-excluded even though major audience—the universal humans of Rome—into modern understandings of rhetorical heritage and considers Augustan tradition as major in shaping civic identification, encouraging civic participation, and selling social advancement.
Lamp techniques the connection among classical rhetoric and Augustan tradition via a transdisciplinary technique drawn from archaeology, artwork and architectural historical past, numismatics, classics, and rhetorical stories. via 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 providing 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