Bizzell, Patricia, and Bruce Herzberg, eds. The
Tradition: Readings from Classical Times to the Present.
Bedford Books, 1990.
Herrick, James. The History and Theory of Rhetoric: An
Scottsdale, AZ: Gorsuch Scarisbrick, Publishers, 1997.
THE CLASSICAL PERIOD
The Perseus Project is an evolving digital library of resources for the study of the ancient world. Gregory Crane is
the Editor-in-Chief of the project, hosted and supported by Tufts University. This version of the Rhetoric includes
hypertext footnotes. This is a very useful site since you can search texts for specific uses of key rhetorical terms!
Directions to retrieve texts: (you may want to copy these
and paste them in a document so you can refer
to them, or simply open your web browser again and switch back and forth between this page and the Perseus page.)
Once at the Perseus site, click on "Classics" (upper left corner of the screen).
At the "Perseus Table of Contents," scroll down to "Aristotle, Rhetoric (English)" Click on that and you will have the entire text of the Rhetoric available. [Note: speeches and writings of other relevant ancient rhetoricians are available to examine as well. Check out Cicero, Demothenese, Isocrates and Lysias as well.]
Directions to search any text:
To find specific words, used in context, scroll down the "Perseus Table of Contents" to "Tools."
Click on "English Index."
At "English Word and Phrase Search," go to "Search" and, using the pop-up menu, select the text you want to search.
For example, click "Aristotle, Rhetoric," check "Partial words" and in the search bar, type "argument."
You find 20 instances of the use of the word "argument" in this particular translation of the Rhetoric. Notice that each
use is embedded in some context. If the meaning or use of the word is still unclear, click the address immediately above
the quotation. You will go to the section of the Rhetoric where the word was found. Try clicking "Aristotle, Rhetoric,
section 1354a." The Rhetoric has been divided by section numbers rather than pages so you can find the same sections in any translation to compare uses of words (this is called the Bekker Index). Pretty cool!
Two more online versions of Aristotle's Rhetoric:
This is an online version of Aristotle's Rhetoric . These hypertext pages are based on the 1954 translation of noted
classical scholar W. Rhys Roberts obtained in ASCII text format from Virginia Tech's gopher site of online literary
works in the public domain.
This site from MIT contains the same translation of the Rhetoric as that listed above. While it does not include the
hypertext links as the Iowa State site, it does permit a relatively quick down load of the Rhetoric you can print out.
George Campbell's The Philosophy of Rhetoric
The URL above takes you to the introduction page for the on-line version. Scroll down to the "no frames version" link
and click it. You will be taken to "Preface." Go to the bottom and click the "Table of Contents" to select the portions of
the book that you wish to read. NOTICE that a new browser window is opened when you do that. To move back and
forth you need to minimize and maximize the windows you wish to read.
Life, Times and Lectures of Hugh Blair
"This website about Hugh Blair contains biographical and philosophical information, educational ideas and polite scholar
contributions, related research from articles and weblinks, and summaries from Blair's forty-seven Belles Lettres Lectures to
present a man of many dimensions. To add to the atmosphere we've provided you with real Scottish music available in AIFF
Click on "Belles Lettres", then "Lecture Listing"