Robert N. Gaines
Professor of Communication Studies, The University of Alabama
Professor Emeritus of Communication, University of Maryland, College Park
Curriculum vitae et studiorum

Contact Information
Gaines Portrait Department of Communication Studies
203 Reese Phifer Hall
Box 870172
The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0172
Phone 205.348.8074


I am chiefly concerned with the history of rhetoric, especially ways in which dispute between philosophy and rhetoric shaped rhetorical theory during ancient times. Currently I am working on two initiatives. One is a new Greek text and English translation of Περὶ ῥητορικη̂ς Δ (On Rhetoric 4) by Philodemus of Gadara, an Epicurean philosopher of the first century BCE. This initiative is part of the NEH-funded Philodemus Translation Project. The other initiative is a "census" of notable sophists from the exilium of Aeschines at Rhodes (330 BCE) to the fama of Nicetes in Rome (mid-70s CE)—a period in which most commentators say there were no significant sophists. The growing list of sophists I have identified in this period directly challenges standard views on the nature and development of ancient sophistic.

My research has appeared in Cronache Ercolanesi, Hermes, Philosophy and Rhetoric, Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rheinisches Museum für Philologie, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Rhetorica, Transactions of the American Philological Association, and elsewhere. During 2002–2011, I served as editor of Advances in the History of Rhetoric.

Recent Publications

Gaines, Robert. 2017. "Latin Rhetoric." In Oxford Bibliographies in Classics. Ed. Dee L. Clayman. New York: Oxford University Press.

Gaines, Robert N. 2017. "Theodorus Byzantius on the Parts of a Speech." In Logos without Rhetoric: The Arts of Language before Plato. Studies in Rhetoric/Composition. Ed. Robin Reames, 19–29, 149–150, 152–154. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press.

Gaines, Robert N. 2017. "Rhetorical Theory." In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods. Edited by Mike Allen, 1507–1511. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.

Gaines, Robert N. 2017. "Rhetorical Arts in the Epicurean School." In Ab omni parte beatus: Classical Essays in Honor of James M. May. Ed. Anne Groton, 51–74. Mundelein, IL: Bolchazy-Carducci.