The `Attic Orators' have left us a hundred speeches for lawsuits, a body of work that reveals an important connection between evolving rhetoric and the jury trial. The essays in this volume explore that formative linkage, representing the main directions of recent work on the Orators: the emergence of technical manuals and ghost-written speeches for prospective litigants; the technique for adapting documentary evidence to common-sense notions about probable motives and typical characters; and profiling the jury as the ultimate arbiter of values. An Introduction by the editor explores the speechwriter's art in terms of the imagined community. Four essays appear in English here for the first time, and all Greek has been translated.
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Edwin Carawan is Professor of Classics, Missouri State University.
"[T]his volume provides a well?chosen and thematically coherent, albeit narrow, cross-section of scholarly work on the judicial speeches of the Attic orators, and generally succeeds in its aim of making that work accessible to readers who are not specialists in the field and/or do not read Greek."--Jeremy Trevett, Bryn Mawr Classical Review
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