The Rhetoric Companion
A Student's Guide to Power in Persuasion
For the Christian student of rhetoric, manipulative sophistry is clearly out of bounds. But putting careful thought into what constitutes eloquent speech and persuasive argumentation is not. What many people dismiss as "a bunch of rhetoric" is simply poor rhetoric. There is a Christian approach of memorable and effective expression, and it is the task of this book to lay out that approach.
Arranged in 31 lively and practical lessons, The Rhetoric Companion covers the following material and more:
- A critical appreciation of the essential ancient rhetoric texts
- The Pauline view of presentation and persuasion
- How to develop copiousness and leave an audience wanting more
- The concept of "stasis theory" and how to grasp the crux of an argument
- How successful proof obligates an audience to believe
- Composition exercises with each lesson
- Suggested reading material for each lesson from Artistotle's Rhetoric, the Rhetorica Ad Herennium, or Quintilian's Institutio Oratoria
"As the classical movement matures, teachers and parents need more resources to carry us through rhetoric toward the quadrivium. The Wilsons provide an easy overview for those trying to gain access to rhetorical skills and a great review for those of us already digging in."
CEO, Classical Conversations and author of The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education
"Rhetoric, the capstone of a classical education, is well-explained and well-taught herein. It is not necessary that a teacher who writes be able to "do" what he teaches--but it is routinely much better if he can. In this text we have authors who have learned, in fact, mastered their subject and then share the wisdom, tools, and techniques they have learned."
President, Veritas Press
If you have different editions of Aristotle, Quintilian, or the Ad Herennium, click here to download a list of the Classical Rhetoric Suggested Readings organized by volume, book, chapter, and section, instead of page number.