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    Gestures and Acclamations in Ancient Rome (Ancient Society and History) (Paperback) By (author) Gregory S. Aldrete

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    DescriptionLife in Rome was relentlessly public, and oratory was at its heart. Orations were dramatic spectacles in which the speaker deployed an arsenal of rhetorical tricks and strategies aimed at arousing the emotions of the audience, and spectators responded vigorously and vocally with massed chants of praise or condemnation. Unfortunately, many aspects of these performances have been lost. In the first in-depth study of oratorical gestures and crowd acclamations as methods of communication at public spectacles, Gregory Aldrete sets out to recreate these vital missing components and to recapture the original context of ancient spectacles as interactive, dramatic, and contentious public performances. At the most basic level, this work is a study of communication-how Roman speakers communicated with their audiences, and how audiences in turn were able to reply and convey their reactions to the speakers. Aldrete begins by investigating how orators employed an extraordinarily sophisticated system of hand and body gestures in order to enhance the persuasive power of their speeches. He then turns to the target of these orations-the audience-and examines how they responded through the mechanism of acclamations, that is, rhythmically shouted comments. Aldrete finds much in these ancient spectacles that is relevant to modern questions of political propaganda, manipulation of public image, crowd behavior, and speechmaking. Readers with an interest in rhetoric, urban culture, or communications in any period will find the book informative, as will those working in art history, archaeology, history, and philology.


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    Title
    Gestures and Acclamations in Ancient Rome
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gregory S. Aldrete
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 260
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 336 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780801877315
    ISBN 10: 0801877318
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: CFF, HBJD, HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    Libri: I-HP
    BIC subject category V2: GTC
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    BISAC V2.8: LAN004000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27350
    LC classification: DG
    DC22: 875.0109
    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000
    DC21: 302.22209376
    Thema V1.0: GTC, NHD, NHC, CFF
    Illustrations note
    1, black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    01 December 2003
    Publication City/Country
    Baltimore, MD
    Author Information
    Gregory S. Aldrete is an associate professor of history and humanistic studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
    Review quote
    Aldrete has mastered his material well, and writes winningly in a straightforward manner... Every student of ancient oratory and mass communication will profit from this book. -- Herbert W. Benario Religious Studies Review This [is a] well-written study of the theory and practice of rhetorical gesture and acclamation in late republican and early imperial Rome... a well-organized presentation. -- Randolph H. Lytton History