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21W.747-3 Classical Rhetoric and Modern Politics

As taught in: Spring 2006

Greek orator.

Greek orator making a point at the Capitoline Museum in Rome, Italy. (Image by Mary Harrsch on Flickr.)




Prof. Leslie Perelman

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the history, theory, practice, and implications of rhetoric, the art and craft of persuasion. The course is designed to let you practice your own rhetorical prowess. This combination of reading, speaking, and writing will help you succeed in:

  • Learning to read and think critically.
  • Learning techniques of rhetorical analysis.
  • Learning techniques of argument.
  • Learning and practicing some basics about oral presentation.