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From Antiphon to Autocue: Speechwriting Ancient and Modern London, 25-26 April 2013

From Antiphon to Autocue: Speechwriting Ancient and Modern

London, 25-26 April 2013

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Thursday 25 April

Registration and Coffee: 9:00-10:00

Panel 1 (10:00- 13:00) - GREECE: Speechwriting and the Athenian Law Courts

1)    Michael Gagarin (Texas), “Logography and the Development of Athenian Forensic Argument”

2)    Chris Carey (UCL), “Ethics in the Second Oldest Profession: Thoughts on Lysias’ logography”

3)    Mike Edwards (Trinity St David, Lampeter), “Logographer and client in the speeches of Isaeus"

4)    Eleni Volonaki (Kalamata), “Lykourgos as speechwriter and politician”

Panel 2 (14:00-17:00) – GREECE: Speechwriting for the Assembly?

1)    Niall Livingstone (Birmingham), “Alcidamas on Improvisation: Theorising Political Authority in a Democracy”

2)    Christos Kremmydas (RHUL), “Political Speechwriting in Classical Athens?”

3)    Lene Rubinstein (RHUL), “Stage-managing symbouleutic speeches”

4)    Alessandro Vatri (Oxford), “Speeches for hearers, speeches for readers: Attic oratory and the linguistics of performance”


Friday 26 April

Panel 3 (10:00-12:00) - ROME

1)    Catherine Steel (Glasgow),  "Orators, speechwriters and other editorial aids in the late Republic”

2)    Gesine Manuwald (UCL), “Cicero as a writer of speeches”

3)    Jacqueline Klooster (Ghent), “The Speeches of the Roman emperors in Suetonius’ Lives of the twelve Caesars” 

Panel 4 (12:15-13:30) – BYZANTIUM

1) Ida Toth (Oxford), “Η πάνδημος καὶ παγκÏŒσμιος φωνή: the encomistic oratory of the late Byzantine court”

       2)  Tassos Tyflopoulos (KCL), “Take My Word for It: Speechwriting, Authenticity and the Emperor Constantine I” 

Panel 5:  (14:30 - 17:30) – MODERN SPEECHWRITING

1)    Richard Toye (Exeter), “Churchill and his Speechwriters”

2)    Tom Clarke (Victoria University, Melbourne), “The speech, the speaker, his script, and its writer: Paul Keating, Don Watson, and the ‘Redfern Park Speech”

3)    Andrew Tolson (De Montfort), “Interactive strategies in televised political speech”

4)    Simon Lancaster, (tbc)


The conference will take place at the Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, Marylebone, London W1U 5AS.

There will be a registration fee (payable at the door) of £20 for students (£10 per day) and 35 (£17.50 per day) for salaried participants to cover tea/coffee and lunch. To register go to download the form, fill it in and post it as an attachment to

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