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Seneca the Elder

Seneca the Elder

by Janet FairweatherJanet Fairweather


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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 1981 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521231015
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/07/1981
Series: Cambridge Classical Studies Series
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Abbreviations; Part I. The Place of Seneca the Elder in Literary History: 1. Seneca the Elder: a man of his time; 2. The declamatory anthology; 3. The criticism; Part II. Seneca the Elder on the History of Eloquence: 4. Oratory and rhetorical theory up to his own time; 5. The history of declamation; 6. The decline of rhetoric in the early Empire; Part III. Five Aspects of Declamation: the Elder Seneca's Evidence: 7. Inventio; 8. Dispositio; 9. Elocutio; 10. Memoria; 11. Actio; Part IV. The Place of Early Imperial Declamation in Literary History: the Elder Seneca's Evidence: 12. Asianism, Atticism, and the styles of the declaimers; 13. Declamation and literary modernism in the early Empire; Appendix: Clausula usage of Seneca, Latro and Fuscus; Notes; Bibliography; Indexes.

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