What is rhetoric?

Rhetoric is the ancient art of argumentation and discourse. When we write or speak to convince others of what we believe, we are “rhetors.” When we analyze the way rhetoric works, we are “rhetoricians.” The earliest known studies of rhetoric come from the Golden Age, when philosophers of ancient Greece discussed logos, ethos, and pathos. Writers in the Roman Empire adapted and modified the Greek ideas. Across the centuries, medieval civilizations also adapted and modified the theories of rhetoric. Even today, many consider the study of rhetoric a central part of a liberal arts education. [Find out more…]