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Janet Marie Atwill
University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Knoxville, TN 37916-3801)
The Role of Character in Greek Rhetorical Training

This book project examines the role of “character” in Greek rhetorical training in the Hellenistic Period (323-32 BCE) through the late second century CE. This era is generally viewed as a period of decline for the rhetorical tradition. My book challenges this interpretation by arguing that this period cannot be adequately assessed without considering its Hellenistic context, particularly the influence of Stoic thought in redefining the relationships between rhetoric, ethics, and philosophy and placing character education, what I call an “art of ethics,” at the center of the early liberal arts curriculum.

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Project fields:
Composition and Rhetoric

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2006 – 5/31/2007