forensic oratory

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There is a further irony in that the analogy allows Dio to encroach on the territory of forensic oratory, whereas encomium traditionally belongs to the genus of epideictic.
In forensic oratory, he stands among the first of the nation; has been several times a member of Congress, where he distinguished himself as an able defender of Democratic principles, and a formidable foe to the corrupting policy and methods of the Republican party leaders," the newspaper reports.
While little concrete documentation survives of the way in which rhetoric was taught in Venice in this period, it seems reasonable to assume that humanists in Venice will have accommodated to the demands of their skeptical patrician target audience by emphasizing the relevance of the study of classical rhetoric to modern-day practices of deliberative and forensic oratory, thus preserving in some degree the powerfully "civic" orientation that had characterized the Italian rhetorical tradition in earlier times.
Within a republic like Venice, for example, the kind of powerfully ethicized and truth-oriented models of rhetoric elaborated by humanists such as Petrarch and Guarino could not be adopted without modification or nuance, in that they failed adequately to encompass the rhetorical needs of a society in which "live" traditions of deliberative and forensic oratory still existed.
The forensic oratory of Gorgias employed "highly musical forms of antithesis, involving isocolon, homoioteleuton, parison, paramoion and--above all--abundant paranomasia" (Cluett and Kampeas 33)--figures Poe himself uses on occasion in his own prose.
Readers should adopt the same stance of ironic detachment as Poe him self enjoys; that is, we should be aware of the discrepancy between his narrators' irrational actions, motives, and their techniques of rational argument, their forensic oratory.
Acting as his own defense-lawyer, he is not concerned with the issue of his responsibility in the crime, with the quality of the evidence against him, with the nature of the law broken, or with determining the extent of harm done to the victim--all important issues in forensic oratory (see Corbett 137-38).
Part of the introductory material is the narratio, a brief, clear statement of the case--the narrator knows that this is a principal component of forensic oratory.
As part of his forensic oratory, the Machiavellian narrator in "The Tell-Tale Heart" seems to employ paradiastole, especially in the third paragraph.
51), and refers to the adversarial tactics of Roman forensic oratory, where the orator was supposed to destroy the opposing side by whatever means available.