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This front matter section of the book Influences on Peripatetic Rhetoric: Essays in Honor of William W. Fortenbaugh contains the table of contents, preface, and a note on abbreviations. The new scholarship on Alcidamas, Isocrates, Anaximenes, and Plato has been extensive, but the lines connecting their writings to the Peripatetics’ remain elusive. It is generally acknowledged that during the 5th century B.C. there arose in the Greek world at least three distinct traditions in rhetorical teaching: the sophistic, represented e.g. by Gorgias and Isocrates, the philosophical, championed by Plato in his dialogues, and the technical, based on the technai, or handbooks. These traditions certainly could and did interact, and they all influenced Aristotle, but his treatise most closely follows the last tradition in its formal appearance.

Keywords: Aristotle; Plato; William W. Fortenbaugh



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