Greek Oratory: Tradition and Originality

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Some of the finest Greek writers - Demosthenes, Lysias, Antiphon - were also great orators. However, a number of other Greek writers who specialized purely in oratory have largely been overlooked by classicists. Dr. Stephen Usher addresses this imbalance by showing the diversity of the inherited rhetorical tradition, and by demonstrating through close critical examination how the individual characteristics of the orators were developed.

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Stephen Usher is at Royal Holloway College, London.

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`Students of Greek oratory have long benefited from Stephen Usher's work.' Michael Gagarin, Clas.Rev.

`The book ... provides a good starting point for a study of rhetorical tropes and figures in oratory ... Perhaps its most impressive feature is U's overall assessments of orators.' Michael Gagarin, Clas.Rev.

`U's assessment is more precisely and elegantly stated, and more thoroughly illustrated and supported than anything I am familiar with ... this book has considerable strengths and will interest all who work on the orators.' Michael Gagarin, Clas.Rev.

`In short, it is a diligent piece of work that could be useful for students and those who want to change their understanding in ancient Greek oratory.' Helene Perdicoyianni, Les Etudes Classiques, University of Namur.

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