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By Maud W. Gleason

The careers of 2 renowned second-century rhetorical virtuosos supply Maud Gleason interesting insights into the methods historic Romans developed masculinity in the course of a time marked via nervousness over manly deportment. Declamation was once a thrilling paintings shape for the Greeks and bilingual Romans of the second one Sophistic flow, and its top practitioners may trip the empire acting in entrance of enraptured audiences. The mastery of rhetoric marked the transition to manhood for all aristocratic voters and remained the most important to a man's social status. In treating rhetoric as a technique of self-presentation in a face-to-face society, Gleason analyzes the deportment and writings of the 2 Sophists--Favorinus, a eunuch, and Polemo, a guy who met traditional gender expectations--to recommend the methods personality and gender have been perceived.

Physiognomical texts of the period exhibit how carefully males scrutinized each other for minute indicators of gender deviance in such gains as gait, gesture, facial features, and voice. Rhetoricians informed to improve those characteristics in a "masculine" model. interpreting the winning profession of Favorinus, whose high-pitched voice and florid presentation contrasted sharply with the traditionalist sort of Polemo, Gleason exhibits, notwithstanding, that excellent masculine habit used to be no longer a monolithic abstraction. In a hugely available learn treating the semiotics of deportment and the scientific, cultural, and ethical matters surrounding rhetorical task, she explores the chances of self-presentation within the look for popularity as a speaker and a man.

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