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Attic Oratory and Performance

1st Edition

By Andreas Serafim

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144 pages

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In a society where public speech was integral to the decision-making process, and where all affairs pertaining to the community were the subject of democratic debate, the communication between the speaker and his audience in the public forum, whether the law-court or the Assembly, cannot be separated from the notion of performance. Attic Oratory and Performance seeks to make modern Performance Studies productive for, and so make a significant contribution to, the understanding of Greek oratory.



Although quite a lot of ink has been spilt over the performance dimension of oratory, the focus of nearly all of the scholarship in this area has been relatively narrow, understanding performance as only encompassing 'delivery' – the use of gestures and vocal ploys – and the convergences and divergences between oratory and theatre. Serafim seeks to move beyond this relatively narrow focus to offer a holistic perspective on performance and oratory. Using examples from selected forensic speeches, in particular four interconnected speeches by Aeschines (2, 3) and Demosthenes (18, 19), he argues that oratorical performance encompassed subtle communication between the speaker and the audience beyond mere delivery, and that the surviving texts offer numerous glimpses of the performative dimension of these speeches, and their links to contemporary theatre.

Table of Contents

Introduction



Current perspectives and approaches



What this book is about



Performance Studies and Attic oratory



Audience and speaker in the law-court



Four case studies



The Embassy Case



The Crown Case



Outline





Chapter 1. The Hermeneutic Framework: An Analytical Approach



The notion of performance: conceptual groundwork



Performance in the theatre and the law-court



Judicial oratory in/as performance: Aeschines 2, 3 and Demosthenes 18, 19



Constructed audience



Other strategies to influence the audience



Reconsidering ekphrasis through the lens of ancient theory



The depiction of litigants, ēthopoiia



Conceptual groundwork



The performative dimension of oratorical portraiture



Inter-generic portraiture



Hypocrisis – Delivery



Script, revision and extemporisation



A note on the use of ancient sources





Chapter 2. Construction and manipulation



Addresses to the audience and civic community



Law-court "Big Brother"!



Emotional appeals



Direct/explicit appeals to emotions



Indirect/inexplicit appeals to emotions



Defence versus prosecution



The language of performance: imperatives and questions





Chapter 3. Aeschines and Demosthenes in the Theatre of Justice



Political thespians in the law-court



The use of quotations



"He is proud of his voice": oral excess in the law-court



"Drive him away and hiss him out": inviting the audience reaction



Chapter 4. Ēthopoiia: an inter-generic portrayal of character



Comic or laughter-inducing ēthopoiia



Comic stereotyping



Inversion of tragedy into comedy



Ridiculing sexuality



Character portraiture: traged

About the Author

Andreas Serafim is a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow at Trinity College Dublin and Adjunct Lecturer at the Open University of Cyprus. He has also been Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Cyprus (2014–2015) and Honorary Research Fellow (2013–2015) and Assistant Lecturer in Ancient Greek (2012–2013) at University College London.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS002000
HISTORY / Ancient / General
HIS002010
HISTORY / Ancient / Greece
LIT013000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Drama
PER011020
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism