Law, Rhetoric, and Gender in Ramesside Egypt

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRhetoric Before and Beyond the Greeks
EditorsCarol S. Lipson, Roberta A. Binkley
Place of PublicationAlbany
PublisherState University of New York Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780791485033
ISBN (Print)9780791460993
StatePublished - 2004


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