Scholars of rhetoric also know that epideictic oratory includes speeches of praise and blame which are an important feature of practical speaking but as soon as one moves beyond these elementary observations questions arise two in particular one relates to the history of epideictic rhetoric and the other to its function. Epideictic rhetoric questioning the stakes of ancient praise ashley and peter larkin series in greek and roman culture paperback may 1 2016 by. Epideictic rhetoric questioning the stakes of ancient praise ashley and peter larkin series in greek and roman culture austin university of texas press 2015 xiv 166 pp cloth 50 this book comes from one of the current world authorities on epideictic rhetoric and oratory and represents the summation of nearly a quarter century of. He describes how epideictic rhetoric functioned to give shape to the representations and common beliefs of a group render explicit and justify accepted values and offer lessons on new values finally pernot incorporates current research about rhetoric into the analysis of praise. Speeches of praise and blame constituted a form of oratory put to brilliant and creative use in the classical greek period fifth to fourth century bc and the roman imperial period first to fourth century ad and they have influenced public speakers through all the succeeding ages yet unlike the other classical genres of rhetoric epideictic rhetoric remains something of a mystery
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