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PostSubject: #2 essay ideas   Thu Dec 16, 2010 8:12 pm

#2 public oratory
-people wrote speeches for a living

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PostSubject: Re: #2 essay ideas   Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:49 pm

Law is theory, and whatever people said in speeches doesn't necessarily guarantee it will happen. Model v. Reality. Can also tie this to Tyranny v. Democracy. Archidamus in Thuc. tells Sparta not to go off to war against Athens and to prepare for war before going off to war. Another Spartan general argues against that and the Peloponesian wars start.

Amateurism - anyone can make a speech

Appeal to tradition - Alot of do as our fathers did.

Elitism - Only the important should speak first. Example: Thersites and Odysseus.

Pericles' funeral oration - About Demosia and Idia.

Corcyra and Corinth -

Melian Dialogue - The weak have to submit to the strong.

Competition - many of the speeches in Thucydides are debates, which are competitions.

Pragmatism v. Idealism -

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