Declamation, the Capstone Exercise

Roman teachers organized the rhetoric curriculum with declamation exercises as the capstone. Preliminary exercises (progymnasmata) prepared students not for theses, but for declamations. The most important of these exercises, called controversiae, are practice speeches in legal cases. This workshop will offer numerous examples to explain how these exercises can be appropriated today.

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