Bibliographies of Scholarship (in English)

There is an enormous amount of scholarship on ancient rhetoric and a large number of bibliographies on this scholarship. Below I've listed some of the more general bibliographies and bibliographic essays, many of which contain references to bibliographies on more specific topics.

Bryant, Donald C., et al. Ancient Greek and Roman Rhetoricians: A Biographical Dictionary. Columbia MO: Artcraft, 1968.

Conley, Thomas. "Some Significant Contributions to the History of Rhetoric: 1970-1982." Rhetorica 1 (1983): 93-108.

Enos, Richard Leo. "The Classical Period." Historical Rhetoric: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Sources in English. Ed. Winifred Bryan Horner. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1980. 1-41.

Enos, Richard Leo and Ann E. Blakeslee. “The Classical Period.” In The Present State of Scholarship in Historical and Contemporary Rhetoric. Rev. ed. Edited by Winifred Bryan Horner. 9–44. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1990.

Kennedy, George A. "Review Article: The Present State of the study of Ancient Rhetoric." Classical Philology 70 (1975): 278-82.

Rayment, Charles S. "A Current Survey of Ancient Rhetoric." The Classical World Bibliography of Philosophy, Religion, and Rhetoric. Ed. Walter Donlan. Garland reference library of the humanities 95. New York: Garland, 1978. 378-83. Rpt. from The Classical World 52 (1958): 75-91. Surveys scholarship between 1938 and 1957; valuable for its discussion of European scholarship.

___, "Ancient Rhetoric (1957-63)." The Classical World Bibliography of Philosophy, Religion, and Rhetoric. Garland reference library of the humanities 95. New York: Garland, 1978. 387-96. An addendum to Raymont's earlier bibliography; again, valuable for its discussion of European scholarship.

Vickers, Brian. "Bibliography of Rhetoric Studies, 1970-1980." Comparative Criticism: A Yearbook 3 (1981): 316-322. 

Surveys (in English)

Baldwin, Charles Sears. Ancient Rhetoric and Poetic. 1924. Gloucester, MA: Peter Smith, 1959.

Barthes, Roland. "The Old Rhetoric: An Aide-mémoire." The semiotic Challenge. Trans. Richard Howard. New York: Hill, 1988. 11-93. Trans. of "L'ancienne rhétorique: aide-mémoire." Communications 16 (1970): 172-223.

Clark, Donald Lemen. Rhetoric in Greco-Roman Education. New York: Columbia UP, 1957.

Corbett, Edward P. J. Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student. 1965. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford UP,

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

___. The Art of Rhetoric in the Roman World: 300 B.C.--A.D. 300. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1972.

___. Classical Rhetoric and Its Christian and secular Tradition from Ancient to Modern Times. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1980.

Roberts, W. Rhys. Greek Rhetoric and Literary Criticism. New York: Longmans, Green & Co., 1928.

A Synoptic History of Classical Rhetoric. 2nd ed. Ed. James J. Murphy. Davis, CA: Hermagoras P, 1994.

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