Ethics, Identity, and Community in Later Roman Declamation

Ethics, Identity, and Community in Later Roman Declamation

Neil W. Bernstein


Rhetorical education used to be the relevant portion of an elite Roman man's schooling, and declamations--imaginary court docket speeches within the personality of a fictional or old individual--were the main complicated routines within the usual rhetorical curriculum. The Major Declamations is a suite of 19 full-length Latin speeches attributed in antiquity to Quintilian yet probably composed by means of a gaggle of authors within the moment and 3rd centuries CE. even though there was a contemporary revival of curiosity in Greco-Roman declamation, the Major Declamations has quite often been overlooked.

Ethics, id, and group in Later Roman Declamation is the 1st ebook committed completely to the Major Declamations and its reception in later ecu literature. It argues that the fictitious situations of the Major Declamations let the conceptual exploration of various moral and social concerns. Chapters discover those cultural issues, overlaying, in flip, the development of authority, the verification of claims, the conventions of reciprocity, and the ethics of spectatorship. The ebook closes with a learn of the reception of the gathering via the Renaissance humanist Juan Luis Vives and the eighteenth-century pupil Lorenzo Patarol, via a short postscript that deftly surveys using declamatory routines within the modern collage. This much-needed and interesting learn will rescue the Major Declamations from generations of overlook, whereas seriously informing present paintings in rhetorical studies.

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