The Rhetoric of Praise in the Private Orations of Themistius

Robert J. Penella

in Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2000 | ISBN: 9780520223882
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925052 | DOI:
The Rhetoric of Praise in the Private Orations of Themistius

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This chapter analyzes the private orations of Themistius, focusing on his rhetoric of praise. It highlights Themistius' belief that the truths of philosophy need to be broadcast widely and that rhetoric was the chief instrument for accomplishing this. It stresses the need to accept the fact that panegyrics were a fact of life in the fourth century in order to better appreciate the many uses to which ancient orators could put the rhetoric of praise and the skill with which he could adapt it to a particular situation.

Keywords: Themistius; rhetoric of praise; truths; philosophy; panegyrics; ancient orators

Chapter.  5919 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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