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I. Antiquity

1. Greek.

The expression ῥητορικὴ τέχνη/rhētorikḗ téchnē was coined by the Sophistic school, which created the theoretical foundation for a form of communication thought of – especially in the Greek world – as an agon: the appearance of one or more communicators before the public, engaging in a linguistic contest. The cultural background of such performance events (Speech act) was the literary agon and the forensic con…

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Schirren, Thomas, Mitchell, Margaret M., Ueding, Gert, Zachhuber, Johannes, Helmer, Karl and Otto, Gert, “Rhetoric”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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