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Chapter Five Isocrates

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In the course of a long lifetime devoted to eloquence and its teaching, Isocrates moved through various categories of logoi, taking great care to define his particular code and the specific functions assigned to each discourse. This chapter looks at some of the most significant theoretical formulations contained in Isocrates' orations, and in particular the ones in which he defines the nature of his logoi, drawing comparisons with the forms of discourse current in contemporary production. More than twenty years later, in the oration On the Peace, Isocrates reaffirms the advisability of uniting praise and advice. The theoretical indications and general precepts that recur in orations like the Helen and Evagoras make it plausible to maintain that in Isocrates' teaching program praise constituted a specific, independent part, albeit linked to the other components.

Keywords: Evagoras; Helen; Isocrates' orations; praise speech



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