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Hellenistic OratoryContinuity and Change$
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Christos Kremmydas and Kathryn Tempest

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199654314

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654314.001.0001

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Stertinian Rhetoric: Pre-Imperial Stoic Theory and Practice of Public Discourse

Stertinian Rhetoric: Pre-Imperial Stoic Theory and Practice of Public Discourse

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Hellenistic Oratory

Jula Wildberger

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that there was a continued tradition of Stoic rhetoric linking the diatribic speech of the Imperial period to its Hellenistic practitioners. It demonstrates this by first surveying the evidence for Stoic orators and rhetorical writers in the Hellenistic period. While many studies often deny a role in the development of rhetoric to the Stoic tradition, the chapter argues against the tendency to view Stoic discourse as stereotypically lackluster. Instead, it presents evidence suggesting that Greek Stoics were more eloquent than normally accepted. The final section posits a number of reasons to explain the stereotype of the Stoic in ancient accounts. In particular, the chapter examines the ancient tendency towards classification, Cicero's dissatisfaction with Stoic terminology, as well as Cicero's agenda in self-fashioning his own image as an orator and writer of philosopher.

Keywords:   stoic rhetoric, diatribe, horace, cicero, academic-peripatetic

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