By Donovan J. Ochs
Consolatory Rhetoric explores Greco-Roman funeral rites to bare how opposing symbols functioned rhetorically to convenience historic groups. whereas the majority of rhetorical feedback translates written texts, Donovan Ochs broadens the normal concentration to contemplate non-verbal symbols in addition to motion and item languages. Ochs demonstrates that non-discursive dimensions of Greco-Roman burial rites held a spot of specific persuasive importance in consoling the population, and he attributes funeral customs practiced in modern Western civilization to the legacy of the traditional Greeks and Romans.
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Extra info for Consolatory rhetoric: grief, symbol, and ritual in the Greco-Roman era
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Can other forms of human communication have suasory effects? Common observation indicates that such is the case. Songs and narratives can; burning crosses and spray-painted swastikas can; a child's gift of a handful of dandelions to his or her mother certainly can. Acting in an emotional state when it is reasonable to be in such a state is as rational as acting on the basis of demonstrable fact. 4 For the present study I will define rhetoric as "the rationale of instrumental, symbolic behavior,"5 a definition Professor John Bowers and I advanced some years ago.
Leach, Culture, 6. 31. Geoffrey E. R. Lloyd, Polarity and Analogy: Two Types of Argumentation in Greek Thought (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1966), 38. 32. Lloyd, Polarity, 65. 33. Lester Thonssen and A. , 1948). 34. Kertzer, Ritual, Politics, and Power, 181. 35. , 1962), 559. 36. 1. 37. Burke, Language, 582. Page 20 Chapter Two Death and Its Effects Rhetorical Situations Rhetorical discourse, the suasive use of symbols, does not simply happen at random. Something must happen or take place or be anticipated that unbalances the homeostasis of the situation in which one lives one's life.
Consolatory rhetoric: grief, symbol, and ritual in the Greco-Roman era by Donovan J. Ochs