By D. A. Russell

Declamation was once 'a toy version of oratory' within which scholars composed and brought deliberative and forensic perform speeches in personality. It used to be now not constrained to the universities: the pros gave public performances to massive and important audiences. Greco-Roman schooling used to be roughly ruled by means of rhetoric; from the fourth century BC all the way down to and past the top of classical antiquity declamation was once an paintings in the higher paintings, inhabiting virtually a special international, with its personal legislation, customs and mores. Latin declamation has been good studied yet its Greek counterpart is much less renowned. This ebook units the perform of declamation in its old context, describes the normal, even though usually extraordinary, issues of the speeches and discusses the declaimers' public performances, rhetorical concept and information and use of classical literature and background. This e-book may be of curiosity either to scholars of classical literature and to historians of old society and schooling. the most textual content is written so one can be utterly intelligible to these with out wisdom of Greek.

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