The theatre of justice: aspects of performance in Greco-Roman oratory and rhetoricSophia Papaioannou, Andreas Serafim, Beatrice da Vela (eds.).
Leiden ; Boston, Brill (Series: Mnemosyne Supplements ; 403), 2017, pp.
ISBN: 978 9004334649
The Theatre of Justice contains 17 chapters that offer a holistic view of performance in Greek and Roman oratorical and political contexts. This holistic view consists of the examination of two areas of techniques. The first one relates to the delivery of speeches and texts: gesticulation, facial expressions and vocal communication. The second area includes a wide diversity of techniques that aim at forging a rapport between the speaker and the audience, such as emotions, language and style, vivid imagery and the depiction of characters. In this way the volume develops a better understanding of the objectives of public speaking, the mechanisms of persuasion, and the extent to which performance determined the outcome of judicial and political contests.
Introduction / Sophia Papaioannou, Andreas Serafim and Beatrice da Vela
-- Speakers-audience -- Audience reaction, performance and the exploitation of delivery in the courts and assembly / Ian Worthington
-- 'Conventions' in/as performance: addressing the audience in selected public speeches of Demosthenes / Andreas Serafim
-- Would I lie to you? : narrative and performance in Isaios 6 / Brenda Griffith-Williams
-- The orator and the ghosts: performing the past in fourth-century Athens / Guy Westwood -- Speech without limits: defining informality in republican oratory / Catherine Steel
-- Ethopoiia -- Ethos and logical argument in Thucydides' assembly debates / Christos Kremmydas
-- Elite rhetoric and self-presentation: Metellus Numidicus returns / Henriette van der Blom
-- Hypocrisis-delivery-actio -- Pitiable dramas on the podium of the Athenian law courts / Kostas Apostolakis
-- From the stage to the court: rhetorical and dramatic performance in Donatus' commentary on Terence / Beatrice da Vela
-- Oratorical performance in Pliny's letters / Kathryn Tempest
-- Emotions in the law-court -- The mind's theatre: envy, hybris and enargeia in Demosthenes' Against Meidias / Dimos Spatharas
-- How to "act" in an Athenian court: emotions and forensic performance / Edward M. Harris -- Roman judges and their participation in the "theatre of justice" / Jon Hall
-- Language and style in performance -- Style, person, and performance in Aeschines' prosecution of Timarchos / Christopher Carey
-- Narrative and performance in the speeches of Apollodoros / Konstantinos Kapparis
-- Public performance and the language of Antiphon's speeches / Alessandro Vatri.
Sophia Papaioannou, Ph.D. (1998), University of Texas-Austin, is Associate Professor of Latin Literature at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She specializes in Augustan Literature and Roman Comedy. Her most recent monograph is Terence and Interpretation (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014).
Andreas Serafim, Ph.D. (2013), University College London, is a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Classics at Trinity College Dublin and Adjunct Lecturer at the Open University of Cyprus. He is a specialist in Greek rhetoric and performance criticism. His monograph, Attic Oratory and Performance, will be published by Routledge (forthcoming 2017). A sample of his research is presented in his recently published Classical Quarterly article Making the Audience: Ekphrasis and Rhetorical Strategy in Demosthenes 18 and 19 (CQ, 2015, 96-108).
Beatrice da Vela, MPhil (2010), University of Cambridge, is a teacher and independent researcher. Her interests include literary and rhetoric education in Late Antiquity, with a strong focus on the relation between drama and classroom practice, the reception of Roman literature in culture in modern history and Classical reception in contemporary Italian literature.