Well, I'm embarking on my introductory, independent journey through the world of classical Western philosophy. I've decided to start with the pre-Socratic philosophies, then go to Socrates/Plato, then to Aristotle. My next step could possibly be studying the rhetoric of the Attic Orators. However, I'm not entirely sure of their philosophical bearing. Would it be wise to study them just for the rhetoric they mastered and the insight they offer to the history of Greece? Or to skip them in favor of a more abstract set of Greek thinkers? Any opinions would be much appreciated.