Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Tomas Hagg

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520223882

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520223882.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.california.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of California Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for personal use.date: 17 September 2021

The Rhetoric of Praise in the Private Orations of Themistius

The Rhetoric of Praise in the Private Orations of Themistius

Chapter:
(p.194) 9 The Rhetoric of Praise in the Private Orations of Themistius
Source:
Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity
Author(s):

Robert J. Penella

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520223882.003.0010

This chapter analyzes the private orations of Themistius, focusing on his rhetoric of praise. It highlights Themistius' belief that the truths of philosophy need to be broadcast widely and that rhetoric was the chief instrument for accomplishing this. It stresses the need to accept the fact that panegyrics were a fact of life in the fourth century in order to better appreciate the many uses to which ancient orators could put the rhetoric of praise and the skill with which he could adapt it to a particular situation.

Keywords:   Themistius, rhetoric of praise, truths, philosophy, panegyrics, ancient orators

California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.