Funeral Oratory and the Cultural Ideals of Italian Humanism

By John M. McManamon, S.J.

360 pp., 6 x 9

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-6566-8
    Published: May 2011
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-3967-3
    Published: October 2017
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-8666-8
    Published: October 2017

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By studying the funeral orations of Renaissance Italy, McManamon analyzes Italian humanism as a characteristic phase in Western rhetorical culture. By examining hundreds of funeral speeches, he provides a valuable overview of major civic issues and humanistic themes, adding significant new material to the history of rhetoric. When Italian humanists spoke at funerals, they took this unique opportunity to press for their reformist goals.

Originally published in 1989.

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