Rhetorical Habitus

W. Martin Bloomer

in The School of Rome

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780520255760
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948402 | DOI:
Rhetorical Habitus

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This chapter presents a positive picture of the methods and effects of declamatory training. It first considers the intellectual debts of declamation, its continuity with ancient rhetorical teaching and even with ancient philosophy. The chapter then discusses declamation as training in persona. The best evidence for declamation comes from the first and early second centuries ad. The chapter considers especially the evidence left by two great literary figures of the early empire. Seneca the Elder left a record of the virtuoso treatments of professional teachers and (higher-status) advocates, the Oratorum et rhetorum sententiae, divisiones, colores. Quintilian's great treatise and the declamations associated with his school reveal more directly school practice.

Keywords: declamatory training; declamation; training; persona; ancient curriculum; Seneca the Elder; Quintilian

Chapter.  11341 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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