The elder Seneca declamations : in two volumes  v. 1 ~ v. 2

translated by M. Winterbottom

Roman secondary education aimed principally at training future lawyers and politicians. Under the late Republic and the Empire, the main instrument was an import from Greece: declamation, the making of practice speeches on imaginary subjects. There were two types of such speeches: "controversiae" on law-court themes, "suasoriae" on deliberative topics. On both types a prime source of our knowledge is the work of Lucius Annaeus Seneca, a Spaniard from Cordoba, father of the distinguished philosopher. Towards the end of his long life (?55 BCE?40 CE) he collected together ten books devoted to "controversiae" (some only preserved in excerpt) and at least one (surviving) of "suasoriae." These books contained his memories of the famous rhetorical teachers and practitioners of his day: their lines of argument, their methods of approach, their idiosyncrasies, and above all their epigrams. The extracts from the declaimers, though scrappy, throw invaluable light on the influences that coloured the styles of most pagan (and many Christian) writers of the Empire. Unity is provided by Seneca's own contribution, the lively prefaces, engaging anecdote about speakers, writers and politicians, and brisk criticism of declamatory excess.

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Roman secondary education aimed principally at training future lawyers and politicians. Under the late Republic and the Empire, the main instrument was an import from Greece: declamation, the making of practice speeches on imaginary subjects. There were two types of such speeches: "controversiae" on law-court themes, "suasoriae" on deliberative topics. On both types a prime source of our knowledge is the work of Lucius Annaeus Seneca, a Spaniard from Cordoba, father of the distinguished philosopher. Towards the end of his long life (?55 BCE?40 CE) he collected together ten books devoted to "controversiae" (some only preserved in excerpt) and at least one (surviving) of "suasoriae." These books contained his memories of the famous rhetorical teachers and practitioners of his day: their lines of argument, their methods of approach, their idiosyncrasies, and above all their epigrams. The extracts from the declaimers, though scrappy, throw invaluable light on the influences that coloured the styles of most pagan (and many Christian) writers of the Empire. Unity is provided by Seneca's own contribution, the lively prefaces, engaging anecdote about speakers, writers and politicians, and brisk criticism of declamatory excess.

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書名 The elder Seneca declamations : in two volumes
著作者等 Seneca, Lucius Annaeus
Winterbottom, Michael
Winterbottom M.
書名別名 Controversiae

Controversiarum

Seneca the elder declamations

Suasoriae

Suasoriarum

Oratorum et rhetorum sententiae, divisiones, colores
シリーズ名 The Loeb classical library
巻冊次 v. 1
v. 2
出版元 Harvard University Press
W. Heinemann
刊行年月 1974
ページ数 2 v.
大きさ 17 cm
ISBN 0434994634
0434994642
0674995112
0674995104
NCID BA0091184X
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言語 英語
ラテン語
原文言語 ラテン語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国
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