Seneca the Elder: Declamations, Volume I, Controversiae, Books 1-6. (Loeb Classical Library No. 463
Roman secondary education aimed principally at training future lawyers and politicians. Under the late Republic and the Empire, the main instrument was an import from Greece: declamation, the making of practice speeches on imaginary subjects. There were two types of such speeches: "controversiae" on law-court themes, "suasoriae" on deliberative topics. On both types a prim...more
Hardcover, 560 pages
Published January 1st 1974 by Harvard University Press
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Reading this as research for my current poetry project, Virus Controversia. Like so many Ancient texts, the diction (at least in translation) is crisp and precise; the attitudes and ideas demonstrate how little we have changed morally, intellectually, emotionally.