Section 1: Mondays 6:30-9:10 PM

Professor: Paul Ranieri
Classical Rhetoric, embodied in the primary texts of such figures as the pre-Sophists, Sophists, Aspasia, Plato, Aristotle, Isocrates, Cicero, Quintilian, and Augustine, is not only the heart of education in antiquity, but also the touchstone to which contemporary thought on writing and rhetoric always returns, if only to disclaim or deny.  This course will study those primary texts that have been the core of classical rhetoric; it will frame those ideas in context of ancient education; it will look at contemporary responses to these texts, particularly in relation to teaching and learning; and it will lead up to the demise of ancient influences as the Roman empire dissolved and Europe moved into the early medieval era.