de Oratore Volume 1

de Oratore Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...they would be unmanly; so this speech of yours seems to me able enough and worthy of your art, but not manly and courageous." Thus he too was condemned; and that not only at the first voting when the court merely decided on the question of guilty or not guilty, but also at the second voting, which was required by 232 law. At Athens, you know, on the prisoner being found guilty, if the charge was not a capital one, there followed a sort of assessment of the penalty; and when the judges were called upon to give their decision, the prisoner was asked what penalty at most he admitted that he deserved. When the question was put to Socrates, he answered that he deserved to receive the highest honours and rewards, and to have daily maintenance given him in the Prytaneum at the charges of the state, a distinction which the Greeks think is 233 the greatest that can be conferred. This answer so exasperated his judges that they condemned the most innocent of men to death. If, indeed, he had been acquitted (which, though the matter does not concern us, I heartily wish had been the case because of the marvellous genius of the man), we should have found the arrogance of the philosophers quite unbearable, for, even as it is, in spite of his condemnation for no other fault of his own except his deficient skill in speaking, they persist in saying that we must come to philosophy to learn the rules of oratory. I will not dispute with them which of the two pursuits is the superior or the more genuine; all I say is, that philosophy is one thing and oratory another, and that perfection in the latter can be attained without the aid of the former. NOW, I see what was your object, Crassus, in mak-LV ing so much of the study of civil law; in fact I 234 saw it at the time....show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236673336
  • 9781236673336