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Les dieux chez les orateurs attiques

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This chapter attempts to re-examine Athenian attitudes towards the gods in the fifth and fourth centuries B.C.E. as reflected in the speeches of the Attic Orators. It first considers the ways in which the various orators appeal directly to the gods and the kinds of address they use. Second, by way of a case study the chapter examines the argument in Antiphon's speech On the Murder of Herodes that signs from the gods (or in this case their absence) indicate the innocence of the accused. It contends, against most modern opinion, that this argument was meant to be taken very seriously and could well have had a positive effect on the jurors.

Keywords: Antiphon's speech; Athenian attitudes; Attic Orators; gods



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