Journal Epohi
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Terms of public rhetoric in classical Athens (Comparative-historical Data): 3. Demagogue


Authors:
Stela Moneva

Pages: 9-11

Abstract:

The ancient Greek term “demagogue” is discussed in the present paper. The collected and analyzed data belonging to the ancient written record tradition allows the drawing of the following conclusions: when it is used for the first time by Thucydides the word does not have a pejorative meaning and is associated with eloquence; the second direct use of the term by Aristophanes has loaded it with the meaning of oral skill as well as with negativism that has become a prevailing tendency.

Keywords:

Classical Athens, Demagogue, Terms, Kleon, Hyperbolus, Public Speech.

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