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Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity$
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Tomas Hagg

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520223882

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520223882.001.0001

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The Rhetoric of Praise in the Private Orations of Themistius

The Rhetoric of Praise in the Private Orations of Themistius

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

Robert J. Penella

University of California Press

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

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