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Bryn Mawr Classical Review 1998.7.08


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1.   Volkmann 1885; Kroll 1940.

2.   There was also Baldwin 1924, but for a full historical treatment one had to wait for George Kennedy's Princeton volumes (1963, 1972, and 1983, summarized and revised in Kennedy 1994). Less ample, but more historically extensive, are Kennedy 1980, Vickers 1988, Barilli 1989, and Conley 1990. Insufficiently known, in my opinion, is Barthes 1988. By far the largest and most ambitious project in this genre--organized, of course, alphabetically--is the ongoing Historisches Wörterbuch der Rhetorik (Ueding 1992- ).

3.   See, for example, A. E. Douglas's stern review of the first edition (Douglas 1962).

4.   Translated in this edition, xxiv. Arens's tone is nothing short of panegyric: 'this [a projected third edition] intends and is able only to supplement and expand, but in no way to question, [quot ]the Lausberg[quot ]. What Lausberg has written can never be revised; it can only be updated' (xxvi n. 2).

5.   Though one should not, as I am fond of saying, forget the fourth book of the Rhetorica ad Herennium. One will also consult with profit Volkmann 1885:393-562, Smyth 1956:671-683, Martin 1974:245-345, and now Rowe 1997. Those equipped with a CD-ROM will enjoy making use of Lanham 1996.

6.   It is amusing to note that metaphor, today by far the most elaborately studied of tropes, here receives just over six pages (§§558-564).


Baldwin, C. S. (1924). Ancient Rhetoric and Poetic. New York.

Barilli, Renato (1989). La retorica (Milano 1983), translated as Rhetoric. Minneapolis.

Barthes, Roland (1988). 'The Old Rhetoric: An Aide-mémoire.' Pp. 11-94 of The Semiotic Challenge. New York. First published in Communications in 1970, and collected in L'aventure sémiologique (Paris 1985).

Conley, Thomas (1990). Rhetoric in the European Tradition. Chicago.

Douglas, A. E. (1962). [Review of Lausberg.] Classical Review n.s. 12:246-247.

Kennedy, George A. (1963). The Art of Persuasion in Greece. Princeton.

-- (1972). The Art of Rhetoric in the Roman World. Princeton.

-- (1980). Classical Rhetoric and Its Christian and Secular Tradition from Ancient to Modern Times. Chapel Hill.

-- (1983). Greek Rhetoric under Christian Emperors. Princeton.

-- (1994). A New History of Classical Rhetoric. Princeton.

Kroll, Wilhelm (1940). 'Rhetorik.' Columns 1039-1138 of Paulys Real-Encyclopädie der classischen Altertumswissenschaft, Supplementband 7. Stuttgart.

Lanham, Richard (1996). A Hypertext Handlist of Rhetorical Terms: For Macintosh Computers. Berkeley.

Martin, Josef (1974). Antike Rhetorik: Technik und Methode. Handbuch der Altertumswissenschaft, zweite Abteilung, dritter Teil. Munich.

Rowe, Galen (1997). 'Style.' Pp. 121-157 in Stanley Porter, ed., Handbook of Classical Rhetoric in the Hellenistic Period, 330 BC-AD 400. Leiden.

Smyth, Herbert Weir (1956). Greek Grammar. Revised by Gordon Messing. Cambridge (originally published in 1920 as A Greek Grammar for Colleges).

Ueding, Gert (1992- ) et al., edd. Historisches Wörterbuch der Rhetorik. Ten volumes projected. Tübingen and Darmstadt.

Vickers, Brian (1988). In Defence of Rhetoric. Oxford.

Volkmann, Richard (1885). Die Rhetorik der Griechen und Römer in Systematischer Übersicht. Berlin 1872, Leipzig 1874; 2nd enlarged edition (Leipzig 1885) reprinted Hildesheim 1987.

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