GK 385 • Orators
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Oratory shaped Greek public life; how did Greek speakers shape oratory? We will read selected speeches of Antiphon, Lysias, Isocrates, and Demosthenes, in order to trace how oratory developed at Athens in the Classical period. We will discuss prose style, rhetorical theory, law, history, and social life. Grades will be based on Class performance (translation and discussion): 25%; Midterm: 30%; Final: 35%; Paper: 10%. Those enrolled in Gk 383 will have additional reading and their paper will be geared toward that reading, as will part of the final exam.
Attic Orators: Selections, ed. R. C. Jebb ((Macmillan) Lysias C. Carey, ed. Lysias: Selected Speeches (Cambridge) Demosthenes, L. Pearson, ed. Demosthenes: Six Private Speeches (Scholars Press)