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Gestures and Acclamations in Ancient Rome

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Gestures and Acclamations in Ancient Rome by Gregory S. Aldrete
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Life in Rome was relentlessly public, and oratory was at its heart. Orations were dramatic spectacles in which the speaker deployed an arsenal of rhetorical tricks and strategies aimed at arousing the emotions of the audience, and spectators responded vigorously and vocally with massed chants of praise or condemnation. Unfortunately, many aspects of these performances have been lost. In this in-depth study of oratorical gestures and crowd acclamations as methods of communication at public spectacles, Gregory Aldrete sets out to recreate these vital missing components and to recapture the original context of ancient spectacles as interactive, dramatic and contentious public performances. At the most basic level, this work is a study of communication - how Roman speakers communicated with their audiences, and how audiences in turn were able to reply and convey their reactions to the speakers. Aldrete begins by investigating how orators employed an extraordinarily sophisticated system of hand and body gestures in order to enhance the persuasive power of their speeches. He then turns to the target of these orations - the audience - and examines how they responded through the mechanism of acclamations, that is, rhythmically shouted comments. Aldrete finds much in these ancient spectacles that is relevant to modern questions of political propaganda, manipulation of public image, crowd behaviour and speechmaking. Readers with an interest in rhetoric, urban culture or communications in any period should find the book informative, as will those working in art history, archaeology, history and philology.

Author Biography

Gregory S. Aldrete is an associate professor of history and humanistic studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Release date NZ
October 1st, 2003
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
33 Illustrations, black and white
Imprint
Johns Hopkins University Press
Pages
256
Dimensions
140x216x15
ISBN-13
9780801877315
Product ID
1822047

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