Epideictic Rhetoric: Questioning the Stakes of Ancient Praise


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Laurent Pernot offers an authoritative overview of epideictic rhetoric that surveys its history in ancient Greece and Rome, its technical aspects and its social function. After defining the genre and tracing its evolution from its first realisations in classical Greece to its eloquent triumph in the Greco-Roman world, he analyses the techniques of praise, both as stipulated by theoreticians and as practiced by orators. He also describes how it functioned to give shape to the representations and common beliefs of a group, render explicit and justify accepted values, as well as offer lessons on new values.

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Laurent Pernot offers an authoritative overview of epideictic rhetoric that surveys its history in ancient Greece and Rome, its technical aspects and its social function. After defining the genre and tracing its evolution from its first realisations in classical Greece to its eloquent triumph in the Greco-Roman world, he analyses the techniques of praise, both as stipulated by theoreticians and as practiced by orators. He also describes how it functioned to give shape to the representations and common beliefs of a group, render explicit and justify accepted values, as well as offer lessons on new values.

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Author Laurent Pernot Published by University of Texas Press ISBN 9781477311332 EAN 9781477311332 Bic Code Cover Paperback

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