Aristotle, Art of Rhetoric

LCL 193: xxii-xxiii

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  • notes, and appendices. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991. (Organized as a textbook.)
  • Roberts, W. Rhys. Aristotle: Rhetoric. 1924. Revised, in The Complete Works of Aristotle/The Revised Oxford Translation, edited by J. Barnes. Vol. 2. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1984.
  • Grimaldi, W. M. A. Aristotle, Rhetoric I–II. A Commentary. New York: Fordham University Press, 1980/1988.
  • Kassel, R. Der Text der aristotelischen Rhetorik: Prolegomena zu einer kritischen Ausgabe. Berlin: De Gruyter, 1971. (An indispensable complement to Kassel’s edition that contains an account of the manuscript tradition, including a stemma codicum, and notes on numerous passages of the text where Kassel explains his decisions. References to these notes can be found in the apparatus criticus of the edition.)
  • Rapp, C. Aristoteles, Rhetorik. Translation, introduction, and commentary. 2 vols. Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2002. (In German, from a philosophical perspective; with a book-length introduction dealing with historical background and a survey of the recent scholarly discussion.)
  • The Rhetoric of Aristotle. Edited by J. E. Sandys with a commentary by E. M. Cope. 3 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1877. Reprint, Salem: Ayer, 1988. (Still the most detailed commentary in English, including a long introduction.)


  • Cole, T. The Origins of Rhetoric in Ancient Greece. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1991. (A different perspective on the development of rhetoric before Aristotle.)
  • Furley, D. J., and A. Nehamas, eds. Aristotle’s Rhetoric: Philosophical Essays. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994.
  • Kennedy, G. A. Classical Rhetoric and Its Christian and Secular Tradition from Ancient to Modern Times. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1980. (A general history of western rhetoric.)
  • Ober, J. “The Orators.” In The Cambridge History of Greek and Roman Political Thought, edited by C. Rowe and M. Schofield, 130–141. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. (On the practice of rhetoric in Aristotle’s time.)
  • Rapp, C. “Aristotle’s Rhetoric.” The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Edited by Edward N. Zalta. Spring, 2010. (A useful general article on the Rhetoric and its place in Aristotle’s oeuvre, with bibliography and links to further bibliographical resources.)
  • Rorty, A. O. Essays on Aristotle’s Rhetoric. Berkeley/Los Angeles/London: University of California Press, 1996.