David Mytton

Book Review (4/5) – The Art of Rhetoric (Aristotle)

Published (updated: ) in Book Reviews.

Originally published on Goodreads.

The first 20% of the book is a commentary from the translator which helps to set the scene for the main body of work. This was a useful introduction but I thought that some of it should have come after the main text as an explanation of what the reader just read, rather than what is about to be read.

I found the most interesting and useful aspects of Aristotle’s work to be the final couple of chapters on style and form. The rest of the text seems to be more about providing definitions, which I suppose is philosophically useful but not entirely practically useful. 

I wouldn’t recommend this for a guide to improving public speaking but is certainly an interesting foundational text that many others build upon.