Forensic Narratives in Athenian Courts breaks new ground by exploring different aspects of forensic storytelling in Athenian legal speeches and the ways in which forensic narratives reflect normative concerns and legal issues. The chapters, written by distinguished experts in Athenian oratory and society, explore the importance of narratives for the arguments of relatively underdiscussed orators such as Isaeus and Apollodorus. They employ new methods to investigate issues such as speeches' deceptiveness or the appraisals which constitute the emotion scripts that speakers put together. This volume not only addresses a gap in the field of Athenian oratory, but also encourages comparative approaches to forensic narratives and fiction, and fresh investigations of the implications of forensic storytelling for other literary genres. Forensic Narratives in Athenian Courts will be an invaluable resource to students and researchers of Athenian oratory and their legal system, as well as those working on Greek society and literature more broadly.
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Preface / Mike Edwards and Dimos Spatharas Introduction / Dimos Spatharas) Storytelling in Athenian law / Michael Gagarin Storytelling about laws and money : Solon on stage (Demosthenes 24.212-214) / Catherine Psilakis The devil's in the detail : including "irrelevant" details in homicide narratives / Christine Plastow Social norms and the legal framework of forensic narratives in disputed inheritance claims / Brenda Griffith-Williams Deceptive narratives in the speeches of Isaeus / Mike Edwards The story about the jury / Peter A. O'Connell Inciting Thorubos and narrative strategies in attic forensic speeches / Noboru Sat Political ideology and character portrayal in Apollodorus' forensic narratives : [Dem.] 50 against Polycles / Kostas Apostolakis Reconstructing the past : forensic storytelling about the Athenian constitution in Lysias 12 and 13 / Eleni Volonaki As if you were there : enargeia and spatiality in Lysias 1 / Ruth Webb Temporal irony in Athenian forensic narrative : Lysias 1 on the murder of Eratosthenes / Victoria Wohl Narrative and emotions in Pseudo-Demosthenes 47, against Euergus and Mnesiboulus / Nick Fisher Truth and deception in Athenian forensic narratives : an assessment of Demosthenes 54 and Lysias 3 / Christos Kremmydas Greek teachings about forensic narrative / Rosalia Hatzilambrou.
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