Hellenistic Oratory: Continuity and Change

Hellenistic oratory is still an elusive topic as no longer one Greek speech has survived from the tip of the fourth century BC until eventually the start of the 1st century advert. This number of fourteen interdisciplinary essays deals a wide-ranging research of the several ways that Hellenistic oratory might be approached.
Written through a workforce of major students within the box, it examines the several types of proof which make clear the dynamic personality of oratory throughout the Hellenistic interval. All essays pressure the pervasive effect of Hellenistic oratory and survey its diversified manifestations in diversified literary genres and socio-political contexts, specifically the discussion among the Greek oratorical culture and the constructing oratorical practices at Rome.
The quantity opens with a close advent, which units the examine of Hellenistic oratory in the context of present tendencies in Hellenistic background and rhetoric, and closes with an afterword which underlines the vibrancy and class of oratory in this interval. it's going to entice all scholars and students of Hellenistic background, society, and the historical past of rhetoric.

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INTRODUCTION In 167 bc, a Rhodian embassy persuaded the Roman Senate not to declare war on the republic of Rhodes, which was accused of having attempted to mediate between Rome and Perseus. At Rhodes, the Senate’s answer was received with a sense of relief; a new embassy was sent to Rome, bringing a gift of money as a token of gratitude, with the task of trying to obtain a treaty of alliance. Proud of his achievement, Astymedes, the ambassador who had avoided the war, published the speech he had delivered to the Senate on behalf of his city.

59–60). Here, too, the two rivals fight with the same weapons, and Polybius acts in the same way. He starts by ironically referring to Phylarchus’ emphatic expressions and his recourse to superlatives (‘a man of most noble birth . . who underwent the most unjust and terrible sufferings of all the men’; ¼íäæÆ ôBò KðØçÆíåóôÜôÅò ïNŒßÆò . . 1; cf. 2, he 52 Stevens (1944: 9–15, 18–19, 23) is key; see also Gärtner (2004) and Thornton (2013). 7 he had disdainfully referred to the terrible scenes of Mantinea’s capture painted by Phylarchus.

Thornton (2010b: 38–9). OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 16/4/2013, SPi 30 John Thornton suggested that the governing classes of the Greek poleis should imitate Polybius (and Panaetius), who had benefited their countries through the friendship of Scipio Aemilianus. The Colophonian Polemaeus, too, had already behaved in this same way (col. II, ll. 3). 8–9; cf. 2). Commenting on this inscription, Pausanias also mentioned the friendship between Polybius and Scipio. It seems that even the short entry on Polybius in the list of Hellenistic historians partially preserved in POxy 4808 referred to this friendship.

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