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Seneca the Elder : Cambridge Classical Studies - Janet Fairweather

Seneca the Elder

Cambridge Classical Studies

Hardcover Published: 30th June 1981
ISBN: 9780521231015
Number Of Pages: 432

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A feature of Roman rhetorical education under the early empire was the dominance of the declamatio - the declamation on a mythological, historical or quasi-legal theme designed in the first place to train students for the law courts and political debating but indulged in for its own sake by amateurs as well as students and teachers of rhetoric. The elder Seneca, father of the philosopher and dramatist, compiled an anthology of the often bizarre utterances of the declaimers. Janet Fairweather's book is a detailed study of the anthologist's literary criticism. From Seneca's prefactory descriptions of declaimers and passing remarks on their work, she derives evidence for all the stages in the preparation and delivery of declamations; and from the same source, in conjunction with select declamatory extracts, she shows that rhetorical taste in Seneca's time was not so uniform as is commonly supposed. By setting out what Seneca says about the relationship between declamation and the higher forms of literature she provides guidelines for further research in this field. This study will be useful to students of Latin literature, and to others interested in rhetorical theory and the history of education.

The Place of Seneca the Elder in Literary History
Seneca the Elder: a man of his time
The declamatory anthology
The criticism
Seneca the Elder on the History of Eloquence
Oratory and rhetorical theory up to his own time
The history of declamation
The decline of rhetoric in the early Empire
Five Aspects of Declamation: the Elder Seneca's Evidence
The Place of Early Imperial Declamation in Literary History: the Elder Seneca's Evidence
Asianism, Atticism, and the styles of the declaimers
Declamation and literary modernism in the early Empire
Appendix: Clausula usage of Seneca, Latro and Fuscus
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ISBN: 9780521231015
ISBN-10: 0521231019
Series: Cambridge Classical Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 30th June 1981
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.87
Weight (kg): 0.69

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