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    Declamations: Bks. 1-6, v. 1: Controversiae (THE ELDER SENECA) (Hardback)(English / Latin) By (author) Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Translated by Prof. M. Winterbottom

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    DescriptionRoman secondary education aimed principally at training future lawyers and politicians. Under the late Republic and the Empire, the main instrument was an import from Greece: declamation, the making of practice speeches on imaginary subjects. There were two types of such speeches: "controversiae" on law-court themes, "suasoriae" on deliberative topics. On both types a prime source of our knowledge is the work of Lucius Annaeus Seneca, a Spaniard from Cordoba, father of the distinguished philosopher. Towards the end of his long life (?55 BCE?40 CE) he collected together ten books devoted to "controversiae" (some only preserved in excerpt) and at least one (surviving) of "suasoriae." These books contained his memories of the famous rhetorical teachers and practitioners of his day: their lines of argument, their methods of approach, their idiosyncrasies, and above all their epigrams. The extracts from the declaimers, though scrappy, throw invaluable light on the influences that coloured the styles of most pagan (and many Christian) writers of the Empire. Unity is provided by Seneca's own contribution, the lively prefaces, engaging anecdote about speakers, writers and politicians, and brisk criticism of declamatory excess.

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    Declamations: Bks. 1-6, v. 1
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Translated by Prof. M. Winterbottom
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 558
    Width: 120 mm
    Height: 170 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 360 g
    ISBN 13: 9780674995109
    ISBN 10: 0674995104

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    DC18: 808.51
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    DC22: 340.54
    LC classification: PA6156.S4 O7 1974
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    01 June 1974
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    Cambridge, Mass