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1. Die Begründung der politischen Rhetorik bei den Griechen

Thomas Schirren

Abstract

The origins of rhetoric as speech act were introduced by the sophists of the 5th century b.C., and thereby the political speech already existing in a rough form was refined. The aims of these teachers were much less reprehensible than the philosophical critics would have us believe. They were searching for a Greek identity as most panegyric speakers did, as did the poets before and later on. Only the sophists’ disciples used the rhetorical skills as a means of power, as the historians relate. The missives of Isocrates are texts of fictitious speeches, but they nevertheless show a remarkable lack of oratory because of the political complexity they try to discuss. These questions are not limited to a single polis but need a greater audience addressed by the written text.

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