Aristotle's "Rhetoric" is a treatise on the art of persuasive public speaking. The art of oratorical persuasion was an essential skill for the successful politician during the days of ancient Greece and Aristotle's "Rhetoric" is considered one of the greatest works from antiquity on the subject. Aristotle provides a detailed analysis of the basic elements of effective speaking in the forum of public debate. While written in the 4th century B.C. the modern student of political science and law will find much applicable to their respective disciplines.