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Ekphrasis, imagination and persuasion in ancient rhetorical theory and practice

Author: Ruth Webb
Publisher: Farnham, Surrey ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, ©2009.
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This is a study of ekphrasis, the art of making listeners and readers 'see' in their imagination through words alone, as taught in ancient rhetorical schools and as used by Greek writers of the Imperial period (2nd-6th centuries CE). The author places the practice of ekphrasis within its cultural context, emphasising the importance of the visual imagination in ancient responses to rhetoric, poetry and  Read more...
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Webb, Ruth, 1963-
Ekphrasis, imagination and persuasion in ancient rhetorical theory and practice.
Farnham, UK : Ashgate, ©2009
(DLC) 2008035799
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ruth Webb
ISBN: 9780754693307 0754693309
OCLC Number: 322349713
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 238 pages)
Contents: Cover; Contents; List of Tables; Abbreviations; Acknowledgements; Preface; Introduction; 1. The Contexts of Ekphrasis; 2. Learning Ekphrasis: The Progymnasmata; 3. The Subjects of Ekphrasis; 4. Enargeia: Making Absent Things Present; 5. Phantasia: Memory, Imagination and the Gallery of the Mind; 6. Ekphrasis and the Art of Persuasion; 7. The Poetics of Ekphrasis: Fiction, Illusion and Meta-ekphrasis; Conclusion; Appendix A: Translations; Appendix B: Subjects for Ekphrasis; Bibliography; Index.
Responsibility: Ruth Webb.

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