WORTHINGTON, I., (ed.),
A Companion to Greek Rhetoric.
Blackwell, Oxford, 2007. XVI,616p. Hardbound with dust wrps. Nice copy. 'The editor is to be congratulated on the result. With his team of first-rank scholars, he has provided us with a fresh overview of important areas of Greek rhetoric in chapters that bristle with information and insight. This fat volume is a treasure trove that every student and scholar of Greek rhetoric will wish to own. (...) After a brief note on technicalities, a short list of abbreviations, and a numbered list of the speeches of the Attic orators (p. xii-xvi), the body of the book falls into five parts consisting of thirty-five chapters all together. The chapters are mostly identical in structure: the main text is helpfully articulated in subsections with subtitles; then follow a bibliographical essay of half a page or so, and finally the notes. (...) J. Bons on 'Gorgias the Sophist and Early Rhetoric' is good on the individual works, on argumentation, and on 'apatê', and I commend his translation of Plato's peithous dêmiourgos as 'producer of conviction' (and not of persuasion). (...). M. Edwards on Alcidamas and T. L. Papillon on Isocrates are models of conciseness and comprehensiveness (...). P. Chiron on 'The Rhetoric to Alexander' is another account that fills a gap and which will no doubt be much consulted (...). J. Connolly is excellent on the reception of Greek rhetoric during Republican times. (...). The chapters(...) of A. López Eire on 'Language', T. Reinhardt on 'Knowledge', and D. Konstan on 'Emotion' (NB always 'Rhetoric and ...') are among the most incisive of the volume as a whole and contribute important insights into what rhetoric is about. (...) J. Roisman on Rhetoric, Manliness and Contest discusses (manly) values in speeches, as well as oratory as a display of manliness; he authoritatively highlights an aspect of rhetoric that has attracted much attention lately. Like some of the other chapters in Part IV, this one, too, will no doubt become an item of reference.' (ØIVIND ANDERSEN in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2008.02.15).