The Attic Orators

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 216mm x 36mm | 748g
  • Publication date: 17 May 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199279926
  • ISBN 13: 9780199279920
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

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The 'Attic Orators' have left us a hundred speeches for lawsuits, a body of work that reveals an important connection between evolving rhetoric and the jury trial. The essays in this volume explore that formative linkage, representing the main directions of recent work on the Orators: the emergence of technical manuals and ghost-written speeches for prospective litigants; the technique for adapting documentary evidence to common-sense notions about probable motives and typical characters; and profiling the jury as the ultimate arbiter of values. An Introduction by the editor explores the speechwriter's art in terms of the imagined community. Four essays appear in English here for the first time, and all Greek has been translated.

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Author information

Edwin Carawan is Professor of Classics, Missouri State University.

Table of contents

Introduction: The Speechwriter's Art and the Imagined Community ; I. THE LOST ART AND THE FIRST WRITTEN SPEECHES ; 1. The Written Plea of the Logographer ; 2. Lysias and his Clients ; 3. Who Was Corax? ; 4. Adultery by the Book: Lysias 1 (On the Murder of Eratosthenes) and Comic Diegesis ; II. THE TOOLS OF ARGUMENT: PROCEDURE AND PROOF ; 5. Demosthenes as Advocate: The Functions and Methods of Legal Consultants in Classical Athens ; 6. Law and Equity in the Attic Trial ; 7. Social Relations on Stage: Witnesses in Classical Athens ; 8. The Nature of Proofs in Antiphon ; 9. 'Artless Proofs' in Aristotle and the Orators ; 10. Torture and Rhetoric in Athens ; III. CASTING THE JURY ; 11. Ability and Education: The Power of Persuasion ; 12. 'Lady Chatterley's Lover' and the Attic Orators: The Social Composition of the Athenian Jury ; 13. Arguments from Precedent in the Attic Orators ; 14. Politics as Literature: Demosthenes and the Burden of the Athenian Past