About ancient rhetoric a new and original anthology that introduces the use of rhetoric in the classical world from aristotle to cicero and beyond classical rhetoric is one of the earliest versions of what is today known as media studies. Ancient rhetoric from aristotle to philostratus penguin classics thomas habinek on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers a new and original anthology that introduces the use of rhetoric in the classical world from aristotle to cicero. Classical rhetoric is one of the earliest versions of what is today known as media studies it was absolutely crucial to life in the ancient world whether in the courtroom the legislature or on ceremonial occasions and was described as either the art of persuasion or the art of speaking well. Thomas habinek is professor of classics at university of southern california his most recent books include the world of roman song from ritualized speech to social order and ancient rhetoric and oratory he is an editor of the journal classical antiquity and editor of the book series classics and contemporary thought
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