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Rhetorical Exercises from Late Antiquity
A Translation of Choricius of Gaza's Preliminary Talks and Declamations

Robert J. Penella, D. A. Russell, Simon Swain, Malcolm Heath, George A. Kennedy, William W. Reader, Terry L. Papillon, Eugenio Amato
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  • Date Published: November 2009
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  • The first translation, produced by a team of eight scholars, of the Declamations and Preliminary Talks of the sixth-century sophist Choricius of Gaza. Declamations, deliberative or judicial orations on fictitious themes, were the fundamental advanced exercises of the rhetorical schools of the Roman Empire, of interest also to audiences outside the schools. Some of Choricius' declamations are on generic themes (e.g. a tyrannicide, a war-hero), while others are based on specific motifs from Homeric times or from classical Greek history. The Preliminary Talks were typical prefaces to orations of all kinds. This volume also contains a detailed study of Choricius' reception in Byzantium and Renaissance Italy. It will be of interest to students of late antiquity, ancient rhetoric, and ancient education.

    • The first translation of Choricius of Gaza into any language
    • Fills a current gap in providing access to a key figure in the history of the development of rhetoric
    • Includes a detailed study of the reception of Choricius in Byzantium and the Italian Renaissance
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    'Rhetorical Exercises from Late Antiquity brings attention to an important representative of the rhetorical environment at the end of antiquity. The reliable translation makes a difficult Greek author accessible to a wider audience, and Amato's meticulous epilogue fills a gap in Chorician scholarship that truly needed to be filled. Taken as a whole, the book will be an indispensable aid to anyone interested in Choricius.' Rhetorical Reviews

    'This edition is well written and well edited … Penella expresses the wish at the end of his introduction that this translation will make Choricius and the School of Gaza better known. I believe he has admirably accomplished this goal.' Heather Waddell Gruber, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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    • Date Published: November 2009
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511629778
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Robert J. Penella
    Part I. Choricius, Preliminary Talks Robert J. Penella
    Part II. Choricius, Declamations:
    1. Declamation 1 [X]: 'Polydamas' D. A. Russell
    2. Declamation 2 [XII]: 'Priam' D. A. Russell
    3. Declamation 3 [XIV]: 'The Lydians' Simon Swain
    4. Declamation 4 [XVII]: 'Miltiades' Simon Swain
    5. Declamation 5 [XX]: 'The Young War-Hero' D. A. Russell
    6. Declamation 6 [XXIII]: 'The Miserly Old Man' D. A. Russell
    7. Declamation 7 [XXVI]: 'The Tyrannicide' Malcolm Heath
    8. Declamation 8 [XXIX]: 'A Spartan Citizen' George A. Kennedy
    9. Declamation 9 [XXXV]: 'The Child-Killer' Malcolm Heath
    10. Declamation 10 [XXXVIII]: 'Patroclus' William W. Reader
    11. Declamation 11 [XL]: 'The War-Hero' Terry L. Papillon
    12. Declamation 12 [XLII]: 'An Orator' George A. Kennedy
    Epilogue. The fortune and reception of Choricius and of his works Eugenio Amato.

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    Robert J. Penella, Fordham University, New York
    Robert J. Penella is Professor of Classics at Fordham University, New York. He is the author of The Letters of Apollonius of Tyana (1979); Greek Philosophers and Sophists in the Fourth Century: Studies in Eunapius of Sardis (1990); The Private Orations of Themistius (2000); and Man and the Word: The Orations of Himerius (2007).


    Eugenio Amato, Université de Nantes, France

    Malcolm Heath, University of Leeds

    George A. Kennedy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    Terry L. Papillon, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    William R. Reader, Central Michigan University

    D. A. Russell, University of Oxford

    Simon Swain, University of Warwick


    Robert J. Penella, D. A. Russell, Simon Swain, Malcolm Heath, George A. Kennedy, William W. Reader, Terry L. Papillon, Eugenio Amato

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