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 Introduction||p. 1|
|1. Defence of Socrates||p. 17|
|2. The silence of Socrates||p. 58|
|6. Orestes' defence||p. 67|
|12. Timon in love with Alcibiades||p. 82|
|22. Demosthenes proposes the removal of the Altar of Mercy||p. 93|
|25. Against the recall of Lais||p. 102|
|26. The morose man and his talkative wife||p. 113|
|27. The morose man and his son||p. 124|
|28. The disappointed diner-out||p. 130|
|31. The miser and the treasure||p. 135|
|32. The miser in love||p. 146|
|33. The miser and his son||p. 158|
|39. The father and the daughter-in-law||p. 169|
|42. The tyrant, the boy, and the boy's father||p. 178|
|List of differences from Foerster's text||p. 223|
|Index of Greek Rhetorical Terms||p. 227|
|General Index||p. 229|
|Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.|
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 26th September 1996
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.0
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1