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Thomas P. Miller
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The Internet Classics Archive: This searchable archive includes 441 works by 59 classical authors along with collaborative sites for people to discuss classical works and issues, buy books, or add links.   Many of our on-line primary texts come from links on this site, though the works actually come from the Eris Project at Virginia Tech.

Diotima: Women & Gender in the Ancient World: This page includes interdisciplinary course materials, bibliographies, and links to related resources, some of which we will be using.

Perseus Project:  The Perseus website at Tufts is strong in arts and archeology and contains many Latin and Greek texts, including copies of papyri, as well as translations.

Women's Life in Greece and Rome by Mary R. Lefkowitz and Maureen B. Fant: This archive includes texts by and about women as well materials on the laws, beliefs and social practices that shaped the experience of Greek and Roman women.


The Internet Ancient History Sourcebook by Paul Halsall: This page provides a very accessibly organized gateway to primary texts with background information not just on ancient Greece and Rome but on the other cultures of the Mediterranean basin.

A Glossary of Rhetorical Terms with Examples: This page provides a list of classical terms for stylistic devices with definitions and examples.

The Forest of Rhetoric: silva rhetoricae: This site by Gideon Burton of Brigham Young University is similar to Rhetoric Resources at Tech.  Burton's site provides definitions of common terms and overviews of major developments in classical and renaissance rhetorics.

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
: This work is oriented to philosophers rather than rhetoricians and is thus not concerned with many of our key concepts and takes a different perspective on figures such as the Sophists.  However, it is useful for background, as for example in providing an Overview of Greek Philosophy that can help you with such figures as Plato and Aristotle.

The Catholic Encylopedia
entries on such figures as Aristotle are also useful.

The Rhetoric and Composition page on the eserver: This website is a major disciplinary gateway that includes selected classical works and other resources as well as a broad array of links to journals and other resources in English studies.


Rhetoric and Composition Subject Guide from the UofA Library: This Guide includes links to background and primary resources, strategies for finding articles in the major journals, and information on related organizations and on-line archives.

Ariadne's Threads--Lines of Inquiry by H. Lewis Ulman: This resource provides an excellent set of very useful issues in rhetoric with guiding questions and supporting discussions to help you think through lines of research for your writings this semester.

Exploring Ancient World Cultures:  This introductory page is useful for beginning to look around the internet for materials on ancient world cultures and includes archives of images organized chronologically as well as other resources.

Classical Rhetoric: Recommended Sources by Margaret Zulick: This gateway provides links to background materials, primary texts, and numerous bibliographies (also links to other rich pages on later periods in rhetoric through her homepage).

The Bedford Bibliography for Teachers of Writing by Patricia Bizzell, Bruce Herzberg and Nedra Reynolds: This is a very valuable resource for on-line research in rhetoric and composition.   It provides a general survey of fields of study in rhetoric and composition and includes
    a brief overview of the history of rhetoric,
    a brief bibliography of of primary texts, and
    an annotated bibliography of secondary works.  

Bibliographies for Rhetoric and Composition
by Rebecca Moore Howard include the most extensive set of bibliographies I know of on topics ranging from Ability Grouping to WPAing, with many on topics related to histories of rhetorics.

Gender and the History of Rhetoric
is a bibliography by Andrea Lunsford that should be broadly useful for work on related topics.       

Selected Bibliography by  H. Lewis Ulman: This bibliography has more classical texts and scholarship than the The Bedford Biblio.

Compile is an on-line searchable database of articles on composition, rhetoric, technical writing, ESL (though 15% of entries do not have search terms).  Created by Rich Haswell and Glenn Blalock, Compile has over 87,000 entries and appears to be reasonably complete up to 1999 and incomplete after that date.

Composition & Rhetoric Bibliographic Database
by Lee Honeycutt:  You have to download some free software to search this site, but it includes indexes of almost all the major journals in rhetoric and composition as well as over seventy edited collections.  The most important journals for classical rhetoric are Philosophy and Rhetoric and Rhetoric Society Quarterly.  Unfortunately, Rhetorica is not indexed here.  Honeycutt has also produced Aristotle's Rhetoric Bibliography, which goes up through 2006 to go with the searchable on-line edition of Aristotle's Rhetoric that he also produced.

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