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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 I: The Importance of the Individual

Conclusion I: The Importance of the Individual

(p.203) Conclusion I: The Importance of the Individual
Divine Talk

Gunther Martin

Oxford University Press

This chapter summarizes the results from the analysis of the public speeches. Speeches delivered by the same speaker prove similar in the selection of religious arguments; the same need not be true for speeches written by the same person. This suggests that there was a need for a consistent exploitation of a speaker's argumentation qua performer, i.e., a consistent ethos of the public speakers; the personal beliefs of speechwriters seem not to have any influence. Demosthenes dispenses with argumentation that works only on the religious level. Religion is rather exploited in its public role, as a force for social cohesion.

Keywords:   ethos, public speakers, speechwriters, personal beliefs, social cohesion

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