The investigation of rhetoric in ancient Egypt has focused mainly on the elite and on the more formal aspects of eloquence expressed in literary and monumental texts.1 In this essay, in contrast, I will attempt to trace rhetoric in a more everyday context, in legal texts from the extensive corpus of the Ramesside Period (ca. 1300-1070 B.C.E.). I will investigate two different faces of rhetoric-on one hand, the art of persuasion,2 and on the other, the stylistic means used to enhance eloquence.3 I will also contrast women's use of these devices in court with the use men made of them.
|Title of host publication||Rhetoric Before and Beyond the Greeks|
|Editors||Carol S. Lipson, Roberta A. Binkley|
|Place of Publication||Albany|
|Publisher||State University of New York Press|
|Number of pages||15|
|State||Published - 2004|