Quintilian, Declamationes Minores

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Declamations, practice speeches on fictitious themes, were an integral component of the rhetorical training of elite Roman young men (Bonner, Bloomer 2011, and Walker). They represented the culmination of a rhetorical education that began with the progymnasmata (preliminary exercises), which offered practice in basic rhetorical skills such as developing a narrative, making a comparison, and elaborating a description. After gaining practice with the various elements of a speech, students gradually proceeded to deliver controversiae, fully formed speeches for or against a party in a fictional law case. The theme presents schematic details of events prior to the trial, while the declamation itself purports to be the speech of a single advocate at the time of the trial. There is no response…

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Citation: Bernstein, Neil. "Declamationes Minores". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 February 2013 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=34883, accessed 09 December 2023.]

34883 Declamationes Minores 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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