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Reading Republican OratoryReconstructions, Contexts, Receptions$
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Christa Gray, Andrea Balbo, Richard M. A. Marshall, and Catherine E. W. Steel

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198788201

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198788201.001.0001

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Fragments of Epideictic Oratory

Fragments of Epideictic Oratory

The Exemplary Case of the Laudatio Funebris for Women

(p.281) 16 Fragments of Epideictic Oratory
Reading Republican Oratory

Cristina Pepe

Oxford University Press

Funeral eulogies are among the older examples of Roman oratory. The practice of honouring the dead with a laudatio funebris (funeral oration) was in the earliest stage reserved to males, but from the late Republic it became customary for women as well. This chapter examines the fragments and testimonia of female funeral eulogies. Although these remains are not abundant, they open some significant unusual perspectives on Roman oratory. First, they show how a speaker managed the task of eulogizing a woman in a society where the rules of rhetoric were laid out by men and intended for the encomium of men. Secondly, they raise other issues which go beyond the boundaries of ‘gender’ differences: laudationes funebres were performed in different venues and before different audiences, according to the social standing of the speaker and the deceased. These aspects strongly affected the aim of the speech, its content, and its style.

Keywords:   laudatio funebris, funeral oration, Roman women, fragments, testimonia

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