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Divine Talk: Religious Argumentation in Demosthenes

Gunther Martin

Abstract

The corpus of the Attic orators has long been recognized as a source for information about the mindset and life of ordinary Athenians. This book contributes to a differentiated understanding of religion in the Athenian public discourse by studying the references to religion and the use made of them in the corpus; it explores how the prominent orators differ in the sets of motifs they employ, in their strategies of persuasion, and thus in the image they convey of themselves. Part I analyses the rhetorical strategies behind the employment of religion in each of Demosthenes' public forensic speec ... More

Keywords: Demosthenes, Attic orators, persuasion, rhetoric, religion, strategies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199560226
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560226.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gunther Martin, author
Domus Fellow, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford