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Deborah E. Kamen
Seattle Campus


Class description

In this seminar, we will be studying the comic roots of invective, as well as the rhetorical purposes invective served in Athenian court speeches. Of particular interest will be the ways in which specific attacks -- for example, on an opponent's alleged servile ancestry or sexual deviance -- are informed by, and inform in turn, contemporary social norms and prejudices. In addition to scholarship on the topic, we will be reading selections of Aeschines' Against Timarchus, a model of oratorical invective.

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General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Students will be expected to translate and discuss passages of Aeschines in class; to give one presentation; and to write a seminar paper on a relevant topic of their choosing.

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Deborah E. Kamen
Date: 05/22/2011