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The Rhetoric of ManhoodMasculinity in the Attic Orators$
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Joseph Roisman

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520241923

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520241923.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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The Rhetoric of Manhood
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Joseph Roisman

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520241923.003.0001

This book addresses the perceptions of manhood as they are recorded in the works of Athenian orators. Manhood concerns primarily the privileged citizens of the city, as they fulfilled the exclusively male roles of political leaders and followers, soldiers, lovers, heads of households, kinsmen, chief guardians of communal morals, and other functions. It also discusses the concepts of masculinity presented in the orators, and improves the understanding of the orations through an exploration of the rhetoric of manhood. The corpus of the “The Attic Orators” includes orations delivered in person or given to others to deliver, often in court and for a fee. The focus is on rhetorical depictions of men and how they affect the understanding of Athenian manhood.

Keywords:   Athenian manhood, Athenian orators, masculinity, orations, The Attic Orators

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