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This assortment is set writing contests, a colourful rhetorical perform traceable to rhetorical performances in historic Greece. of their dialogue of contests' cultural paintings, the students during this assortment discover vital questions about our practices. for instance, academic contests as epideictic rhetoric do certainly have a good time writing, yet does this occasion simply relieve educators of the accountability of discovering methods for all writers to be triumphant? Contests designed to present unmarried winners and singly-authored works admirably have fun labor, yet do they over-emphasize extraordinary person fulfillment over shared targets and communal gift for achievement? Taking a cultural-rhetorical method of contests, each one bankruptcy demonstrates the cultural paintings the contests accomplish. The essays partly I learn contests and riddles in classical Greek and Roman sessions, academic contests in eighteenth-century Scotland, and the Lyceum circulate within the Antebellum American South. the following set of essays discusses how contests leverage pageant and present in academic settings: medieval universities, American turn-of-the-century women's faculties, twenty-first century scholarship-essay contests, and writing contests for audio system of alternative languages within the college of Portugal. The final set of essays examines well known contests, together with poetry contests in formative years Spoken observe, well known American contests designed by means of dealers, and twenty-first century podcasting competitions. This assortment, then, takes up contests as a cultural marker of our values, assumptions, and relationships to writing, contests, and pageant

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The proof of this system comes not only through literature but architecture, as Richard Leo Enos recounts in Roman Rhetoric: Revolution and the Greek Influence. Buildings included libraries, but primarily theatres, for rhetorical displays and these grand theaters could elevate the status of an orator and win further patronage and prestige for him, both as performance halls and as memorials for inscriptions and statues honoring the reputations and accomplishments of the winners (Enos 145), and even “public records of rhetorical and literary contests” (156).

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When Flaccus died a statue was erected in his honor at Praeneste. —Suetonius, De grammaticis (cf. Matz 4) By all accounts, Nero was insane. During his short life (37-68 A. )— and especially during his rule as Roman Emperor (54-68 A. )—Nero’s antics and actions could only be rationalized by an explanation that the most powerful man in the world was mad. 1). 1). Perhaps Nero felt he could justify parricidum because he thought he was a god. Despite his irrational behavior, Nero was, at various times, immensely popular!

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