Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Man and the WordThe Orations of Himerius$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Himerius

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520250932

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520250932.001.0001

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

Imaginary Orations

Imaginary Orations

Chapter:
(p.156) Chapter 6 Imaginary Orations
Source:
Man and the Word
Author(s):

Robert J. Penella

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520250932.003.0007

This chapter presents one part of the ancient rhetorical curriculum which is the melet. It is a declamation—an imaginary deliberative or judicial oration in which the speaker impersonated a mythical, historical, or generic character. Meletai were complete, full-blown orations; the student advanced to them after working on the progymnasmata, preliminary exercises in various modes of discourse, which often can be found incorporated into appropriate sections of a full-blown oration. The sophist was expected to be a master of declamation. His meletai were models for his students to emulate, and there were also eager audiences for them outside of the schoolroom. Himerius's Orations 1–5 are presented in this chapter.

Keywords:   Himerius, orations, rhetorics, sophists, declamation

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.