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By no means, all narratives in forensic speeches are recounted in one single unit. The complex inheritance cases that form the corpus of extant speeches by Isaeus, for example, tend to have two, three or more narrative sections, which help to make the details more intelligible to the jurors. The speech by Demosthenes analysed in this chapter shows that though there is a tendency in the Attic orators to narrate the story in chronological order, whether in one or several parts, an anachronical order is found too. Dividing the narrative into three parts, the narrator moves through time both forward and backward, choosing an order which is most effective. Like Antiphon and Lysias, Demosthenes effectively varies the speed of his narration to accentuate or downplay parts of his story.

Keywords: Antiphon; Demosthenes; Isaeus; Lysias



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