By D. A. Russell
Declamation was once 'a toy version of oratory' within which scholars composed and introduced deliberative and forensic perform speeches in personality. It was once no longer constrained to the universities: the pros gave public performances to massive and important audiences. Greco-Roman schooling was once roughly ruled through rhetoric; from the fourth century BC right down to and past the top of classical antiquity declamation used to be an paintings in the greater artwork, inhabiting nearly a unique international, with its personal legislation, customs and mores. Latin declamation has been good studied yet its Greek counterpart is much less renowned. This booklet units the perform of declamation in its old context, describes the traditional, even though frequently extraordinary, subject matters of the speeches and discusses the declaimers' public performances, rhetorical conception and data and use of classical literature and heritage. This booklet could be of curiosity either to scholars of classical literature and to historians of historical society and schooling. the most textual content is written with a view to be thoroughly intelligible to these without wisdom of Greek.
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Brink, comm. on Horace, Ars poetica 283—4. 24 for a Latin version, involving Accius and a mime actor. 71 This type of teaching, with its concentration on staseis and appropriate diaireseis, was not to everybody's taste. It certainly needed much supplementation. The teacher of declamation could not take for granted that his pupils had mastered all the subordinate skills which they needed. Making a diairesis did not exempt one from knowing how to compose prooimia, narratives and epilogues, nor from understanding how epicheiremes and examples were to be put together.
3 Herodes Atticus, a man of immense wealth and repute, both gave public lectures and provided extra Philostratus, VS 605. Ibid. 526, Bowersock (1969) 18, 57. 'Chair' is no anachronism: the thronos or cathedra from which the teacher spoke in class symbolized his office, and 'professorial' appointments were made in many cities, funded at public expense : see H. I. Marrou, Histoire de I' education dans I'antiquite (ed. 2, Paris 1950), Troisicme Partie, ch. 8, 'L'etat romain et 1'education'. 3 In Philostratus' words (loc.
The second objection (ii) is that he is not unique; many young men have suffered this deprivation. The answer to this is to point out the special features of his plight: his father has acted arbitrarily without cause, 71 and there is no hope of his being restored. Moreover, men differ from one another in what they can tolerate, and this is why the law does not specify any particular misfortune but grants the right of self-denunciation to anyone who 'desires' it. Thirdly (iii), the father may say that he acted only to chasten his son.
Greek Declamation by D. A. Russell