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Book Description Condition: Antiquarian. Les Belles Lettres, Paris, 1982. 406p. Paperback. (Rare). 'It is common for writers of books and articles on Greek history to complain that the Attic orators are inaccurate and untrustworthy sources of information about historical events before their own time. But such complaints are usually made in the context of assessing the various sources for the history of a particular event or period, not for the purpose of describing the orator's methods of composition and their reasons for treating history as they do. There have been a few studies of particular aspects of the subject form the oratorical side (.), but Nouhaud's book seems to be the first really comprehensive investigation. He defines history as to exclude myths (though he does include a survey of the orator's use of myths in his introduction) and include events down to a date twenty years before the composition of the speech in which they are mentioned. He is primarily concerned with the orators of the fourth century (.), fifth-century oratory is not entirely omitted. Section i also includes an extensive logical analysis of hte purposes for which historical examples are used. Sections ii and iii contain an examination of all the examples in historical order from the Persian Wars (.) to the Peace of Philokrates, with particular attention to the ways in which the orators distort the facts. A concluding chapter summarizes the practice of each orator individually. (.) The book (.) contains accurate information and sound judgement, and those who are interested in the subject will find it worth reading.' (DOUGLAS M. MACDOWELL in The Classical Review (New Series), 1985, pp.195-96). From the library of Prof. Carl Deroux. Antiquarian. Seller Inventory # 47949