Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Gottesurteil – Beweismittel – Stilfigur. Funktion Und Stellenwert Des Eides In Der Antiken Rhetorik

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

The oath, originally a magic means of pre-argumentative conflict resolution related to ordeals, is basically alien to rhetorical argumentation. Nevertheless, the oath is well-established in Greek rhetorical theory within the group of so-called non-technical proofs, even if varying accounts betray the difficulty of its integration into the rhetorical system. Yet simultaneously, in the Attic orators, a truncated form of the oath reduced to a formulaic invocation of the gods was also popular, whose principal rhetorical function was the demonstration of the speaker's own character, honesty, and commitment. This so-called rhetorical or ethical oath, regarded as a pathetic figure of speech, came to be predominant in Imperial rhetorical theory. But this coexistence of various different rhetorical or jurisprudential conceptions of the oath could also create hazards of equivocation and oratorical failure.

Keywords: Attic orators; ethical oath; Greek rhetorical theory; non-technical proofs; ordeals



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    New Chapters in the History of Rhetoric — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation