Unformatted text preview: They were contentious from the beginning, and acceptance and indulgence of open contention and rivalry has remained a characteristic of Western society except when suppressed by powerful authority of church or state. 4. Voting affected rhetorical practice because it provided an answer to how to make a decision in a contentious society, but in the process, also polarized views and encouraged contentiousness. 5. Sophists taught public address in their schools, largely in the form of epideictic speeches. They also converted rhetoric from a conservative force transmitting and enhancing traditional values, to rhetoric as a tool of change. 6. A distinctive feature of rhetoric in Greece was the development of artistic judicial oratory. More importantly, it was the needs of the democratic law courts in Greece that created the discipline of rhetoric as taught and practiced in the West. 7. NOTED!...
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- Summer '08
- Rhetoric, Public address, judicial rhetoric, Roman rhetoric, affected rhetorical practice