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Lysias

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Narrative is therefore the key element in Lysias’ persuasive technique. Two characteristics are found in Antiphon recur in Lysias, viz. telling of the story in its temporal sequence and the inclusion of additional details in other, non-narrative sections of the speech. Lysias’ narratives are mainly told chronologically and singulatively. Repeating narration is confined to the argument sections, which repeat in larger or smaller detail parts of the narrative. The main temporal device employed to great effect by Lysias is speed: the careful alternation of scene, for important parts, and summary, for unimportant parts or characterizing sections. Ellipsis can both be employed for the skipping of uneventful or unimportant episodes or in the case of explicit ellipsis, to suggest a multitude of facts, which perhaps in reality could never have been substantiated.

Keywords: Antiphon; Ellipsis; Lysias; narrative

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