Demosthenes' "On the Crown": Rhetorical Perspectives by James J. Murphy,Lois Peters Agnew,David Mirhady,Richard A

By James J. Murphy,Lois Peters Agnew,David Mirhady,Richard A Katula,Jeffrey Walker,Richard Leo Enos

Demosthenes’ speech On the Crown (330 B.C.E.), during which the grasp orator spectacularly defended his public occupation, has lengthy been well-known as a masterpiece. The speech has been in non-stop circulate from Demosthenes’ lifetime to the current day, and a number of generations have acclaimed it because the maximum speech ever written. as well as a transparent and obtainable translation, Demosthenes’“On the Crown”:Rhetorical Perspectives contains 8 essays that supply a radical analysis—based on Aristotelian principles—of Demosthenes’ very good rhetoric.

The quantity comprises biographical and historic heritage on Demosthenes and his political scenario; a structural research of On the Crown; and an summary of Aeschines’ speech Against Ctesiphon to which Demosthenes used to be responding. 4 essays by way of members learn Demosthenes’ speech utilizing key components of rhetoric outlined via Aristotle: ethos, the speaker’s personality or authority; pathos, or emotional appeals; logos, or logical appeals; and lexis, a speaker’s variety. An advent and an epilogue through Murphy body the speech and the rhetorical research of it.

By bringing jointly contextual fabric approximately Demosthenes and his speech with a translation and astute rhetorical analyses, Demosthenes’“On the Crown”:Rhetorical Perspectives highlights the oratorical artistry of Demosthenes and offers students and scholars with clean insights right into a landmark speech.

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