Abstract

Demosthenes 54: Against Conon concerns a savage attack on Ariston, a young Athenian, by Conon and his sons. Throughout the oration Demosthenes directs the jury's attention to sordid and visceral aspects (mud, blood, illness, vomit) of the ordeal in an attempt to win support for his case by appealing to the jury's disgust response, part of their "moral equipment" with which they will judge the seriousness of the crime. This analysis of Against Conon focuses on how images of disgusting substances are transferred rhetorically from victim to defendant as a retributive action.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2160-5157
Print ISSN
1040-3612
Pages
pp. 1-30
Launched on MUSE
2011-04-06
Open Access
No
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