Law and Ethics in Greek and Roman Declamation (Law &

Old declamation defies effortless categorization. It stands on the crossroads of numerous sleek disciplines. in simple terms in the previous few many years the complexity of declamation and the promise inherent in its examine have grow to be famous. The e-book includes thirteen essays from foreign students, engages with the multidisciplinary nature of historical declamation, targeting the interactions in declamation among rhetoric, literature, legislation, and ethics.

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L. Annaeus Seneca maior. Oratorum et rhetorum sententiae, divisiones, colores (Leipzig: Teubner, 1989). ), Hermogenes. On Issues. Strategies of Argument in Later Greek Rhetoric (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995). Holtsmark, Erling Bent, “Quintilian on Status: a Progymnasma,” Hermes 96 (1968): 356–368. ’ Roman Declamation Beyond Education” in Papers on Rhetoric VIII. Declamation. Proceedings of the Seminars held at the Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici (Bologna, February–March 2006), ed. Lucia Calboli Montefusco (Roma: Herder Editrice, 2007), 103–127.

Whereas this language manifestly addresses issues of law and criminal acts, its meanings must to some degree be sought in the rules and occasions of community interaction. A quick way to call attention to the representational limits of speech – and also to highlight one of its most powerful ethical dimensions – is to evaluate the narrative record of violent, traumatic events: Does the suffering that took place, for example, in ancient Rome’s civil wars or in past brutal criminal acts, find an adequate verbal representation in the historians, poets, and declaimers who speak of these events?

One variety of ‘material’ treatment of topoi, though not what is envisaged by the present study, is found in Curtius’ (1990) enormously influential Euro­ pean Literature and the Latin Middle Ages. 10. See Reinhardt 2003, 18–35; Rubinelli 2009. May-Wisse 2001, 322 list five types of commonplaces (“topics,” loci, topoi): (1) Condemnations of specific terrible acts, such as murder. (2) Standard arguments about specific issues that could be argued either way. (3) Ready-made argument types for a specific class of case.

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