Fulfills the L & S breadth requirement in Arts and Literature or Historical Studies.
In this course we will consider pioneering and important examples of what is known as the epideictic genre of oratory. We will be reading display pieces, not intended for delivery in a lawcourt or political assembly, but instead exemplifying and encapsulating key theoretical issues that arise from the practice of orators delivering actual speeches in those venues. The texts will be Gorgias, Encomium of Helen, paired with Isocrates, Helen; Gorgias, Defence of Palamedes paired with Alcidamas, On the Treachery of Palamedes; and the first and second of Antiphon's Tetralogies.
Requirements: regular attendance and translation in class; one midterm; a term paper of 4 pages (longer for graduate students); final exam.
Prerequisites: Greek 1-2 (or equivalent) and Greek 100 (or equivalent).