HIS SPEECH AGAINST CATILINE - 63 BC
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Nemo umquam neque poeta neque orator fuit,
qui quemquam meliorem quam se arbitraretur.
In other words,
No poet or orator has ever existed who thought
there was another better than himself.
addressing the Senate. Cell phone snapshot
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Oratory is the art
of public speaking. Ideally, the orator delivers
his oration with eloquence.
What is the difference between eloquence and
eloquence stems from the Latin term
eloquentia, referring to the readiness, elegance,
fluency, and persuasiveness of speech. If you
are able to deliver a bombastic and pompous
speech, you are grandiloquent.
rhetoric is equivalent to the Greek word
ritoriki, which in turn stems from the Greek
term ritoras, meaning orator. Rhetoric,
therefore, is the art or method of an orator,
his skill. A master of rhetoric is also called a
rhetor or a rhetorician.
At the end of your
oration, you probably want to repeat your
message in a nutshell and combine it with a call
for action. This concluding part of your speech
is called peroration.
Outstanding Masters of Rhetoric in History
ARISTOTLE 384 - 322 BC
Among the ancient Greeks, rhetoric was a
Aristotle wrote on the subject and
titled his work Rhetoric.
Aristotle's Rhetoric online.
QUINTILIAN TEACHING AT ORATORY BOOT CAMP IN ROME
engraving by F. Bleyswyk
professor of Latin Rhetoric from AD 68 to 88. He
wrote the bible for oratory in 12 volumes and
titled it Institutio oratoria which is
Latin and means Institutes of Oratory or
Education of an Orator.
Read Quintilian online.
ELIZABETH ARRIVING AT OPEN MIC NIGHT IN TILBURY
Queen Elizabeth I of
England had studied rhetoric. Her
Majesty became famous for her captivating
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Elizabeth's Spanish Armada
JOHN QUINCY ADAMS TO THE HOUSE OF
John Quincy Adams
taught Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard from 1805
to 1809. His nickname was Old Man Eloquent.