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Libanius : Imaginary Speeches - Libanius of Antioch


Imaginary Speeches

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Libanius of Antioch (AD 314 - c. 393) was a famous teacher whose influence persisted in the Byzantine world, and into Renaissance times. Many of his works, including speeches, an autobiography and over 1,500 letters, have survived.
His 'imaginary speeches' were written as rhetorical exercises, partly as models for students, but also for the entertainment of an interested public. They take the form of witty and ingenious dramatic monologues, mostly evoking the world of classical Athens as known from comedy, the Socratic writings, and oratory. The selection translated here includes the weighty Apology of Socrates, but concentrates on the lighter pieces, spoken by misers and misanthropes and other strongly drawn characters, which are among the most successful humorous works in later Greek literature.
In his Introduction Donald Russell deals with Libanius' life and works, the nature of declamation and the rhetorical principles illustrated by the speeches. Notes to each piece explain allusions and analyse structure.
This book will be of interest to classical scholars, students of rhetoric, and any reader attracted to an unfamiliar, but entertaining aspect of ancient literary culture.

General Introductionp. 1
1. Defence of Socratesp. 17
2. The silence of Socratesp. 58
6. Orestes' defencep. 67
12. Timon in love with Alcibiadesp. 82
22. Demosthenes proposes the removal of the Altar of Mercyp. 93
25. Against the recall of Laisp. 102
26. The morose man and his talkative wifep. 113
27. The morose man and his sonp. 124
28. The disappointed diner-outp. 130
31. The miser and the treasurep. 135
32. The miser in lovep. 146
33. The miser and his sonp. 158
39. The father and the daughter-in-lawp. 169
42. The tyrant, the boy, and the boy's fatherp. 178
Notesp. 191
Bibliographyp. 221
List of differences from Foerster's textp. 223
Index of Greek Rhetorical Termsp. 227
General Indexp. 229
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ISBN: 9780715627150
ISBN-10: 0715627155
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 26th September 1996
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.0
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1