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Ethics, Identity, and Community in Later Roman Declamation

Neil W. Bernstein


The Major Declamations are a collection of nineteen full-length Latin speeches attributed in antiquity to the rhetorician Quintilian, but most likely composed by a group of authors in the second and third centuries CE. This book argues that the fictional scenarios of the Major Declamations enable the conceptual exploration of a variety of ethical and social issues. These include the construction of authority (Chapter 1), the verification of claims (Chapter 2), the conventions of reciprocity (Chapter 3), and the ethics of spectatorship (Chapter 4). Chapter 5 presents a study of the reception of ... More

Keywords: ancient rhetoric, Roman declamation, authority, verification, reciprocity, spectatorship, Juan Luis Vives, Lorenzo Patarol

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199964116
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199964116.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neil W. Bernstein, author
Ohio University