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Ever since its development in the contexts of both Attic democracy and the sophistic movement in the 5th century BCE, Greek and later Roman rhetoric remained an elitist phenomenon throughout antiquity (Hunger, 1978, 69; Morgan, 2007, 310). Only a tiny minority of literate and socially distinguishe…

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Becker, Matthias, “Rhetoric”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 22 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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