Oratory in the Age of Obama

A course in rhetoric for the Honors College of Rutgers Camden

Readings and Activities for Tuesday, February 9

Posted by William FitzGerald on February 9, 2010

Readings:

Habinek, Chapter Two, “The Figure of the Orator”

on Pericles: here and  here and here (and on his famous female companion Aspasia here)

on Demosthenes: here and here

Questions to consider:

What aspects, in general, contribute to and make for a great orator?

What aspects make for a great orator in classical Greek contexts? which of these carry over to contemporary America?

How are Pericles and Demosthenes differently positioned as orators?

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