Loss and Recovery of ‘Substance’ in Greco-Roman Rhetoric

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  • Purna Chandra Bhusal University of Texas at El Paso

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/batuk.v9i2.57034

Keywords:

classical rhetoric, rhetoricians, substance, knowledge, language

Abstract

This article attempts to delineate the Greco-Roman history of rhetoric in light of the concept of ‘substance’. It examines how Greco-Roman Rhetoric, while traveling from Plato to Aristotle to Cicero to Quintilian, encounters debates and dialogues regarding the issues of essence, meaning, and purpose of rhetoric. Therefore, this article does a qualitative textual analysis of five texts: Phaedrusorgias by Plato (2002, 1864), On Rhetoric by Aristotle (n.d.), Oratory and Orators by Cicero (1875), and Institutio Oratoria by Quintilian (2013). In order to unravel the journey of Greco-Roman rhetorical substance, these texts have been analysed and interpreted from three different points of view: substance in rhetoric/oratory, substance in the language of rhetoric/oratory, and substance in rhetoricians/rhetor/orator. The article concludes that in the history of Greco-Roman rhetoric, Plato nullifies substance, Aristotle adds substance, Cicero amplifies substance, and Quintilian multiplies substance. The article not only tracks the history of Greco-Roman rhetoric from the perspective of substance but also opens new avenues for further research.

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Author Biography

Purna Chandra Bhusal, University of Texas at El Paso

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Published

2023-07-28

How to Cite

Bhusal, P. C. (2023). Loss and Recovery of ‘Substance’ in Greco-Roman Rhetoric. The Batuk, 9(2), 63–75. https://doi.org/10.3126/batuk.v9i2.57034

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Part II: Humanities and Social Sciences