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The importance of time in the rhetorical sphere was recognised by Aristotle, who in the Rhetoric classified speeches according to whether they dealt with future, past or present events: deliberative rhetoric concerns the future, forensic the past, and epideictic generally concerns the present. This chapter concentrates on the narrative sections of forensic speeches and so on the past, considering examples of forensic narrative in Antiphon, Lysias and Demosthenes. In forensic narratives, which are embedded in a non-narrative hosting text, the story of the crime that is narrated comprises most of the details of the overall fabula, although other elements of the fabula may occur in other parts of the speech. Forensic narratives are primarily singulative, while events which are important to a case usually are repeated during the proofs section of the speech.

Keywords: Antiphon; Demosthenes; forensic narratives; Lysias



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