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Theory And Practice In Fourth-Century Eloquence. The Case Of The Speaker As A Teacher Of The Demos

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The research on the independence and interdependence between rhetoric and oratory has been intensive and given nice results. Christopher Carey’s knowledge of oratory is very extensive and he points to some phenomena in practical oratory that have not been taken over by Aristotle in his Rhetoric, nor by the author of the Rhetorica ad Alexandrum. When reading in Yunis’ study Taming Democracy and the relevant texts of Thucydides, Demosthenes and Plato’s Laws, the author was struck by the “heavy tone” of the speakers, and got the feeling that a severe preacher had the floor. This chapter presents examples of deliberative speeches the author has in the hope to find parallel situations and went to the Rhetorica ad Alexandrum and Aristotle’s Rhetoric as well for observations pointing in this direction.

Keywords: deliberative speeches; Demosthenes; fourth-century practice; Harvey Yunis; Plato’s laws; rhetorical theory



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