Insult and Oral Excess in the Disputes between Aeschines and Demosthenes

  title={Insult and Oral Excess in the Disputes between Aeschines and Demosthenes},
  author={Nancy Worman},
  journal={American Journal of Philology},
  pages={1 - 25}
  • N. Worman
  • Published 26 March 2004
  • History
  • American Journal of Philology
This article argues that in the contests between Demosthenes and Aeschines, their insulting depictions of each other highlight the mouth as a prominent vehicle for communicating ideas about intemperance. Much of the imagery in the speeches lampoons oratorical delivery, especially vocal tone and deportment, which perceptibly project the speakers' characters. While Demosthenes is a piping chatterbox and Aeschines a voluble shouter, both extremes are characterized by an overuse or misuse of the… 
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