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Demosthenes the Orator$
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Douglas M. MacDowell

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199287192

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287192.001.0001

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(p.398) 15 Style
Demosthenes the Orator

Douglas M. MacDowell

Oxford University Press

This chapter briefly lists some prominent features of Demosthenes' prose style and gives examples. To produce clarity he uses ordinary language, avoiding poetic and abstract expressions, and giving his sentences a clear structure. Emphasis is obtained by alternating emphatic and unemphatic words, by repetition, and by oaths. Variety is produced by questions and by such figures as hypophora, asyndeton, apostrophe, paraleipsis, and metaphor.

Keywords:   clarity, emphasis, variety, hypophora, asyndeton, apostrophe, paraleipsis, metaphor

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