Ethics, Identity, and Community in Later Roman Declamation by Neil W. BernsteinEthics, Identity, and Community in Later Roman Declamation by Neil W. Bernstein

Ethics, Identity, and Community in Later Roman Declamation

byNeil W. Bernstein

Hardcover | September 13, 2013

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Rhetorical training was the central component of an elite Roman man's education, and declamations - imaginary courtroom speeches in the character of a fictional or historical individual - were the most advanced exercises in the standard rhetorical curriculum. The Major Declamations is acollection of nineteen full-length Latin speeches attributed in antiquity to Quintilian but most likely composed by a group of authors in the second and third centuries CE. Though there has been a recent revival of interest in Greco-Roman declamation, the Major Declamations has generally beenneglected. Ethics, Identity, and Community in Later Roman Declamation is the first book devoted exclusively to the Major Declamations and its reception in later European literature. It argues that the fictional scenarios of the Major Declamations enable the conceptual exploration of a variety of ethical andsocial issues. Chapters explore these cultural matters, covering, in turn, the construction of authority, the verification of claims, the conventions of reciprocity, and the ethics of spectatorship. The book closes with a study of the reception of the collection by the Renaissance humanist Juan LuisVives and the eighteenth-century scholar Lorenzo Patarol, followed by a brief postscript that deftly surveys the use of declamatory exercises in the contemporary university. This much-needed and engaging study will rescue the Major Declamations from generations of neglect, while critically informingcurrent work in rhetorical studies.
Neil W. Bernstein is Associate Professor in the Department of Classics and World Religions at Ohio University.
Title:Ethics, Identity, and Community in Later Roman DeclamationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:September 13, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Constructing a Roman SophistopolisPart I: Law, Ethics, and Community in Sophistopolis1. Authority2. Verification3. Reciprocity4. VisualityPart II: Responding to the Major Declamations5. Vives' "For the Stepmother" and Patarol's AntilogiaePostscript: Declamation, Controversiality, and Contemporary PedagogyAppendix 1: Text and translation of Lorenzo Patarol, Antilogia 1, "For the Stepmother Against the Blind Son"Appendix 2: Text and Translation of the Themes of the Major DeclamationsBibliographyIndex