Start Date
0472 BCE
Though rhetoric had emerged to serve the
democracy of Sicily and was introduced at
Acragas in 472 BCE and at Syracuse in 466
BCE, it was brought to Athens by Gorgas only in
527 BCE. Probably in 378-377 BCE laws were
enacted requiring pleadings before the Athenian
courts to be presented in writing partly to save
time and jury fees and partly to meet the
demands of professional speech-writers. By the
second century everything had been swamped by
the growth of rhetoric.
Innis, Empire, P. 116
0400 BCE
The rhetorical tradition has its origins in ancient
Greece, roughly about 400 BC, as (a theory of)
the art of speech. In the Greek 'democracy' of that
time free men (women and slaves were not
invited) met to discuss political issues, juridical
conflicts and other business of collective interest.
Gripsrud, Understanding, P. 154-55
0161 BCE
Roman Empire
In 161 BCE the Senate empowered the praetor
to expel all teachers of rhetoric and philosophy
and in 154 BC expelled two disciples of
Innis, Empire, P. 118
0092 BCE
Roman Empire
In an edict of the censors of 92 BC Licinius
Crassus attempted to discourage Latin schools
of rhetoric, but its influence was evident in the
development of prose as a finished product to its
climax under Cicero. Broken speech was
converted into a literary instrument with
'concentration and surcharge, significant sonority
and architectonic sentence building.'
Innis, Empire, P. 119
Roman Empire
A system of higher schools of grammar and
rhetoric was established and fixed endowments
given to professors of the liberal arts. Quintilian
became the first professor of Latin rhetoric in
Rome in AD 71. 'Declamation is the most
modern of all exercises and also by far the most
useful.' (Quintilian)
Innis, Empire, P. 128
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