Classical Rhetoric with Aristotle – Instructional Videos (DVDs or Online Streaming)

By: Martin Cothran


The Instructional Videos (DVDs or Online Streaming) include Mr. Cothran’s verbal instructions on every aspect of the course, including supplementary exercises, and include helpful graphics slides to help explain the content.

There are lectures for each lesson, plus an introduction and four case studies. The online streaming option is a lifetime membership that gives you access to stream the Classical Rhetoric with Aristotle Instructional Videos.

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Martin Cothran’s Classical Rhetoric is a guided tour through the first part of the greatest single book on communication ever written: Aristotle’s RhetoricClassical Rhetoric includes questions that will help the student unlock every important aspect of the book, along with fill-in-the-blank charts and analyses of great speeches by Ulysses, Socrates, Lincoln, and Marc Antony (in the words of Shakespeare).

To the ancients, rhetoric was the crowning intellectual discipline. It took the knowledge the student had gained over the course of his years of schooling, and the understanding of logical principles gained from the study of traditional logic, and molded them into powerful tools of persuasion. To Aristotle, the art of rhetoric was the chief weapon in the service of truth.

Unlike much of modern communication theory, Aristotle did not overemphasize technique. He understood that, although the construction and delivery of a speech or a piece of writing are important, there is a certain body of knowledge a person must have at his disposal in order to communicate effectively. That is why Classical Rhetoric is more than just a course in English or public speaking. It is those things, but it is much more. It involves a study of the fundamental principles of political philosophy, ethics, and traditional psychology. A student learns not only how to give a political speech, but also the elements of good character; not only how to give a legal speech, but also the seven reasons people do things; not only how to give a ceremonial speech, but what incites specific emotions under different circumstances.

Classical Rhetoric also familiarizes students with three model speeches as examples of the three branches of classical oratory: The “Appeal of the Envoys to Achilles,” from Homer’s Iliad; the “Apology of Socrates,” from the dialogue of Plato; and Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address.” Students will also be asked to analyze Marc Antony’s “Funeral Oration” from William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar as an example of a great speech that defies categorization.

Companion Products

Classical Rhetoric – Student Workbook (Second Edition)
Classical Rhetoric – Quizzes and Tests (Second Edition)
Classical Rhetoric – Teacher Key (Second Edition)
Classical Rhetoric with Aristotle – Instructional Videos (DVDs or Streaming)

Required Supplement
Aristotle’s Rhetoric

Optional Supplements
How to Read a Book
Figures of Speech

Classical Rhetoric Basic Set

Classical Rhetoric Complete Set

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Martin Cothran


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