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Divine TalkReligious Argumentation in Demosthenes$
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Gunther Martin

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199560226

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560226.001.0001

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Conclusion II: The Influence of the Genre

Conclusion II: The Influence of the Genre

(p.290) Conclusion II: The Influence of the Genre
Divine Talk

Gunther Martin

Oxford University Press

The relative scarcity of religious argumentation and the restriction to certain argumentative patterns in assembly and private speeches suggest the existence of relatively strict, though unwritten, rhetorical conventions of appropriateness according to the genre. In the assembly a different, more restraint manner of speaking was practised, possibly as a consequence of a more result-oriented culture. The private speeches are as antagonistic as the public forensic speeches, but since the subject-matter is often too petty to have public significance, religion as a means of arousing attention and pathos may in such cases have seemed inappropriate and exaggerated. This is supported by the observation that the more significant and individual religious argumentation occurs in speeches that do have (or are presented as having) wider significance.

Keywords:   rhetorical conventions, genre, pathos, appropriateness

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