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The power of logos: Classical Greek rhetoric and the modern world

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The power of logos: Classical Greek rhetoric and the modern world

  • Date 05 Mar 2020
  • Time 6.15pm
  • Category Lecture

The power of logos: Classical Greek rhetoric and the modern world

Moore Building Auditorium

Professor Michael Edwards
Former Director of Institute of Classical Studies, University of London
Senior Research Fellow, School of Humanities

What relevance does classical Greek rhetoric have to the world today? In 2016, the then President of the United States, Barack Obama, delivered a speech at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in which he praised Greece’s contribution to humanity through the ages. In the course of his speech Obama spoke, among other things, about the concept, ideals and importance of democracy, and the belief in equality before the law for all. In this lecture Professor Edwards will discuss these  themes, illustrating them by comparisons of ancient texts with modern examples drawn from American, British and Greek political contexts.

Admission free but booking is essential ch.dendrinos@royalholloway.ac.uk

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