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By Eugenio Amato, Francesco Citti, Bart Huelsenbeck

Historic declamation defies effortless categorization. It stands on the crossroads of a number of sleek disciplines. simply in the prior few many years the complexity of declamation and the promise inherent in its examine have emerge as well-known. The ebook comprises thirteen essays from foreign students, engages with the multidisciplinary nature of historical declamation, targeting the interactions in declamation among rhetoric, literature, legislations, and ethics.

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His first was: Can a raped girl choose more than once? ‘She can; the law does not add how often she is to choose, but merely says what she is to choose from. ’ ‘Even if it is not permissible to choose more than once, I haven’t yet chosen: a choice is a choice when it is made legally; this choice was not. If the praetor had been absent, would you call it a choice? In fact, there was no rapist. ’ Was the choice ratified by the previous trial? The rapist says: ‘The judges had to say whether the choice was to stand or not.

She was thrown down, and survived. She is sought to pay the penalty again”]). But in this con­ troversia, the space devoted to divisio is greatly reduced and, what is more, the corresponding portion of text is rather badly transmitted, so that it is impossible to follow the lines of argument made by the declaimers. 8, based once again on the lex raptarum: Rapta raptoris avt mortem avt indotatas nvptias optet. Rapta producta nuptias optavit. Qui dicebatur raptor negavit se rapuisse.  Quintilian’s Declamationes minores (309), which proposes a virtually identical case (Educta ad magistratum, adulescentis a quo esse vitiata dicebatur nuptias optavit.

Quintilian;53 but they are at least revealing of the persistence of some argumentative procedures and outlines in the Roman rhetorical schools through the imperial age.  Quintilian, Fuscus supports the girl’s request (even though, like Latro, he also introduces in his divisio some objections of the opposing party). This calls of course for some variations in the argumentative strategy, and in fact, as Seneca himself remarks, Fuscus reverses the order of the questions (Sen. Contr. 8): Fuscus et ordinem mutavit quaestionum et numerum auxit; fecit enim primam quaestionem: an rapta non possit amplius optare quam semel.

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