Ancient Egyptian Rhetoric in the Old and Middle Kingdoms

  title={Ancient Egyptian Rhetoric in the Old and Middle Kingdoms},
  author={David Hutto},
  journal={Rhetorica-a Journal of The History of Rhetoric},
  • D. Hutto
  • Published 1 August 2002
  • Sociology
  • Rhetorica-a Journal of The History of Rhetoric
The rhetorical ideas inherited from the Greeks have established the notion that skilled use of language is always indicated by eloquent expression, and that silence is either an aberration or a lack of skill. As we penetrate the silence that has surrounded one of the great civilizations of the earth, however, and look at Egyptian rhetoric, we find alternative views on what makes a skilled speaker. While the Egyptians esteemed eloquent speaking, a skill that in fact had a very high value in… 
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