Julius Caesar's Eloquence

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Profiles In Eloquence Politicians have often been credited with being eloquent speakers, from the earliest times to the present day. Marcus Antonius (a Roman Politician and soldier) made one of the most memorable speeches in history. Shakespeare dramatized this in the play Julius Caesar when he used Antonius’s famous opening words “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears”. These words have become immortalized in the minds of literature students and the countless numbers who have used this speech in elocution contests. Also from the ancient world is Demosthenes, one of the greatest orators of his time, of whom Cicero said “inter omnis unus excellat” - “he stands alone among all the orators”. Demosthenes made a disastrous start…show more content…
His eloquence established ‘common ground’ with the audience - for example, in proclaiming that America is not black, white, Asian or Latin American, he firmly stressed that there is only one America. “We are one people” he said, to the roar of approval of his audience. His eloquence is found in his unhurried pace, pausing for effect and in the crisp and precise way in which he draws an euphoric response from his audience. You will notice this consistent eloquence in every speech he makes. Indeed, the contents may be well-structured but it is the eloquent speaker who…show more content…
• Winston Churchill - English Prime Minister during World War 2, particularly noted for his speeches in the House of Commons, notably “Their finest hour”, his tribute to “The Few”, honouring RAF pilots in the Battle of Britain air-war in August 1940, immortalizing their contribution to the war effort with the words: “Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few.” The “Never Was So Much Owed By So Many To So Few - Winston Churchill” video clip may be viewed at: https//youtube.com/watch?v=Ynq9Aikz36Q • Franklin D. Roosevelt - “Day of Infamy” - the sneak attack on Pearl Harbour which brought America into war with Japan. (See Chapter 4 for URL Address) • Eloquent speaking is also found in the World Championship in Public Speaking, an annual event staged by Toastmasters International and open to all its members. In 2011, 30,000 participants from 116 participated in this event on an elimination basis. In the finals, the victor’s crown went to Australian Jock Elliot, who spoke so eloquently about the value of true friendships, entitled “Just so

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