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Rhetoric of Myth, Magic, and Conversion: Ancient Irish Rhetoric

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Jan van der Crabben
by Richard Johnson-Sheehan and Paul Lynch
published on 19 March 2012
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Ancient Ireland presents an interesting case for rhetorical study. While the island is usually considered a part of geographic Europe, it long resisted the influence of cultural Europe. Unlike Britain, for example, Ireland was never conquered by Rome, and its pre-literate culture flourished beyond the fall of the Empire. Consequently, the Irish maintained a mythopoetic rhetoric based in narrative. Their stories recounted not only the deeds of their heroes, but also their words. And, like ancient Greece, ancient Ireland also had a class of sophistic rhetors, the Druids. When Patrick arrived around the end of the fourth century, he eschewed the Ciceronian rhetoric of Augustine and instead adapted Christian theology to fit Irish rhetoric.

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Written by Richard Johnson-Sheehan and Paul Lynch, linked by Jan van der Crabben, published 19 March 2012. Source URL: http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~rjohnso/ancientirish.pdf.

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Lynch, R. J. a. P. (2012, March 19). Rhetoric of Myth, Magic, and Conversion: Ancient Irish Rhetoric. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/article/351/rhetoric-of-myth-magic-and-conversion-ancient-iris/

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Lynch, Richard Johnson-Sheehan and Paul. "Rhetoric of Myth, Magic, and Conversion: Ancient Irish Rhetoric." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified March 19, 2012. https://www.worldhistory.org/article/351/rhetoric-of-myth-magic-and-conversion-ancient-iris/.

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Lynch, Richard Johnson-Sheehan and Paul. "Rhetoric of Myth, Magic, and Conversion: Ancient Irish Rhetoric." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 19 Mar 2012. Web. 23 Apr 2021.

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