Imaginary Orations

Robert J. Penella

in Man and the Word

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780520250932
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933712 | DOI:
Imaginary Orations

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This chapter presents one part of the ancient rhetorical curriculum which is the melet. It is a declamation—an imaginary deliberative or judicial oration in which the speaker impersonated a mythical, historical, or generic character. Meletai were complete, full-blown orations; the student advanced to them after working on the progymnasmata, preliminary exercises in various modes of discourse, which often can be found incorporated into appropriate sections of a full-blown oration. The sophist was expected to be a master of declamation. His meletai were models for his students to emulate, and there were also eager audiences for them outside of the schoolroom. Himerius's Orations 1–5 are presented in this chapter.

Keywords: Himerius; orations; rhetorics; sophists; declamation

Chapter.  25608 words. 

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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