Skip to main content


Today, the teaching and practice of law is grounded in western rhetorical modes with the primary focus being Greek and Roman rhetorical techniques. Although a background in Greco-Roman rhetoric does assist lawyers in mastering the art of persuasion, the rhetorical work of other cultures – specifically ancient Egypt – is far too valuable to ignore. This presentation highlights how incorporating ancient Egyptian rhetorical techniques into the study and practice of law may prove beneficial to lawyers in the American legal system. Research of ancient Egyptian rhetorical modes reveals overlap between these modes and the work of trial lawyers within the American judiciary. For example, the Ptahhotep ancient Egyptian wisdom book holds that, in order to be persuasive, respect must first be gained through exhibiting knowledge and gentleness of speech (Fox, 1983). In a legal system in which how evidence is presented to jurors can be just as significant as the evidence itself, adopting this practice among others in the courtroom may assist lawyers in reaching desired outcomes. Recognizing the relevance of non-western rhetorical traditions and strategies is important because it could offer practicing attorneys additional strategies in developing a persuasive and convincing argument. In addition, it can help shift the focus of rhetoric as a concept to include the contributions of not only ancient Greek and Roman rhetoricians, but the rhetoric of other ancient cultures as well.


This is a metadata-only record.



  • Subject
    • English

  • Institution
    • Dahlonega

  • Event location
    • MPR 2

  • Event date
    • 22 March 2019

  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022

  • Additional information
    • Acknowledgements:

      Dr. Michael Rifenburg