Harvey Yunis

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Research Areas

Greek Literature and Thought • Rhetorical and Political Theory of the Ancient World

Harvey Yunis, a Hellenist, studied Greek, Latin, Classical Literature and Philosophy at Dartmouth College, Cambridge University, and Harvard University. At Rice, he serves on the European Studies Steering Committee of the Department of Modern and Classical Literatures and Cultures.

He is the author of several books, most recently an annotated translation of Aristotle's Art of Rhetoric (2018, in collaboration with Robin Waterfield). Previous books include annotated editions of the original Greek texts of Demosthenes On the Crown (2001) and Plato's Phaedrus (2011). His book Taming Democracy: Models of Political Rhetoric in Classical Athens (1996) concerns theories of democratic political rhetoric that arose in fifth- and fourth-century BCE Athens.

His current research and teaching interests concern the nature of political discourse in Greco-Roman antiquity, the rise of artistic prose literature in ancient Greece, and the development of rhetoric from antiquity to the Middle Ages.

Selected Publications

with Robin Waterfield, Aristotle: The Art of Rhetoric (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018).

Plato: Phaedrus (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011).

Demosthenes, Speeches 18-19: On the Crown and On the Dishonest Embassy (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2005).

Demosthenes: On the Crown (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001).

Taming Democracy: Models of Political Rhetoric in Classical Athens (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1996).

A New Creed: Fundamental Religious Beliefs in the Athenian Polis and Euripidean Drama (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1988).

Ed., Written Texts and the Rise of Literate Culture in Ancient Greece (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003). Paperback, 2007.

“Dionysius’ Demosthenes and Augustan Atticism” in Casper C. de Jonge and Richard Hunter (eds.), Dionysius of Halicarnassus and Augustan Rome: Rhetoric, Criticism and Historiography (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018) 83-105.

“Paraphrase, Exegesis, Common Sense: Edward Meredith Cope’s Commentary on Aristotle’s Rhetoric” in Frédérique Woerther (ed.), Commenting on Aristotle’s Rhetoric: From Antiquity to the Present (Leiden: Brill, 2018), 231-45.

“Plato’s Rhetoric in Theory and Practice” in The Oxford Handbook of Rhetorical Studies, ed. Michael J. MacDonald (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), 121-31. Online 2014.

“Thucydides’ Plataean Debate and the Rhetoric of Dire Straits” in Maria Silvana Celentano, Pierre Chiron, and Peter Mack (eds.), Rhetorical Arguments: Essays in Honour of Lucia Calboli Montefusco (Hildesheim: Olms, 2015), 27-34.

“Political Uses of Rhetoric in Democratic Athens” in Johann P. Arnason, Kurt A. Raaflaub, and Peter Wagner (eds.), The Greek Polis and the Invention of Democracy: A Politico-cultural Transformation and Its Interpretations (London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), 144-62.