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By Joy Ritchie, Kate Ronald

Available Means deals seventy girls rhetoricians—from historic Greece to the twenty-first century—a room in their personal for the 1st time. Editors pleasure Ritchie and Kate Ronald keep it up the feminist culture of recuperating a formerly unarticulated canon of women’s rhetoric.

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Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. e. Hortensia is the only classical woman rhetor whose words, in her own words, are recorded by history. Cheryl Glenn tells us that Hortensia “stands alone in her oratorical achievement” and that “only Hortensia is recognized as success fully entering the domain of persuasive public oratory, or rhetoric” (70). , the triumvirate of Mark Antony, Octavian, and Lepidus proposed to raise money for the war against the assassins of Julius Caesar. They ordered fourteen hundred of the richest Roman women to report the values of their properties so that the Roman state could tax these women to pay for the civil war.

Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1996. Royster, Jacqueline Jones. Traces of a Stream: Literacy and Social Change Among African American Women. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2000. Schneir, Miriam, ed. Feminism: The Essential Historical Writings. New York: Random House, 1972. ———, ed. Feminism in Our Time: The Essential Writings, World War II to the Present. New York: Random House, 1994. Available Means Aspasia c. e. The selection below was written by a man, reporting the words of another man, who is reporting yet another man’s words but claiming that the words were written by a woman—Aspasia of Miletus.

Socrates: I ought to be able, for she taught me, and she was ready to strike me because I was always forgetting. Menexenus: Then why will you not rehearse what she said? Socrates: Because I am afraid that my mistress may be angry with me if I publish her speech. Menexenus: Nay, Socrates, let us have the speech, whether Aspasia’s or anyone else’s, no matter. I hope that you will oblige me. Socrates: But I am afraid that you will laugh at me if I continue the games of youth in old age. Menexenus: Far otherwise, Socrates.

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