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The elder Seneca declamations. Translated by M. Winterbottom.

; Winterbottom, Michael, 1934-
Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 1974.
ISBN 0674995112, 9780674995109, 0674995104, 9780674995116

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Standard Title Oratorum et rhetorum sententiae, divisiones, colores. English & Latin
Other Authors Winterbottom, Michael, 1934-
Subjects Rome (Empire)
Rome -- History -- Sources.
Speeches, addresses, etc., Latin -- Translations into English.
Speeches, addresses, etc., Latin.
Series Loeb classical library ; 463-464.
Description 2 volumes 17 cm.
Copyright Date 1974.
Notes Latin and English on opposite pages.
Translation of Oratorum et rhetorum sententiae, divisiones, colores.
Includes bibliographical references (volume 1, page xxv).
Also issued online.
Summary 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 delibertaive 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 and stylist. Towards the end of his long life (?55 B.C. -? A.D. 40) he collected together under the title (it would seem) Oratorum et rhetorum sententiae, divisiones, colores, ten books devoted to controversiae (some only preserved in excerpt) and at least one (surviving) to 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 idiosyncracies, and above all their epigrams. The extracts from the disclaimers, 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, the brisk criticism of declamatory excess.
Contents volume 1. Controversiae, books 1-6.--v. 2. Controversiae, books 7-10. Suasuriae.
Genre History.
Sources.
Translations.
Geographic Area Europe
Africa, North
Middle East
Network Numbers (OCoLC)948402
(OCoLC)ocm00948402
WorldCat Search OCLC WorldCat
WorldCat Identities Seneca, Lucius Annaeus, approximately 55 B.C.-approximately 39 A.D.
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