Table of Contents

Introduction; Proem; 1. Before Being or Not-Being Was: Logos and Logic Among the Preplatonics; 2. Rhetor and Eiron: Plato's Defense of Dialogue; 3. Aristotle: A Logic of Terms, a Rhetoric of Motives; 4. Cicero: Defining the Value of Literacy; 5. When the Rhetor Lies: Augustine's Critique of Mendacity; 6. Inscriptions of Self and the Erasure of Truth; Epi Dia Logos; Notes; References; Index; This study synthesizes existing arguments about the perception of dialogue, writing and language in the ancient world. It examines specifically the work of four key figures: Plato, Aristotle, Cicero and Augustine.