Classical Writing Demosthenes

Book VII:  Demosthenes
Progymnasma Thesis & Law ~ 11th or 12th grade

Demosthenes is currently in BETA testing. Please contact us ( if  you are interested in being part of our testing team.

This book teaches the progymnasmata Thesis and Law. It is a one-semester course, to be taught in either 11th or 12th grade. We will complete the appeal to logos with final studies in logic, in particular syllogistic logic, and then branch into Dialectics, the "kissing cousin" of logic and the bridge between logic and rhetoric proper.

As a supplementary theory book to Demosthenes, we now provide a Rhetoric Handbook. It is a reference work, but it can also be used forstudy and summary of all rhetorical techniques covered in our series. This is the culminating book for the series, and a ready reference for outlines, looking up terms and refreshing how to outline an essay or a longer project.  Contact Us for information on how to get the handbook. It is in Beta testing. 

Our mascot is Demosthenes, tbe famous Greek orator of the third century BC. His greatest oration is entitled On the Crown. We will study this oration.

As with all our books we feature two goals for each book: A goal in ancient rhetoric and a goal in modern writing skills. This book features the progymnasma  Thesis, an examination of a particular subject of dispute. The issue of dispute may involve politics, theology, morality, or philosophy.  This progymnasma argues both sides of a question in the same essay, in a point-counter point fashion. Thesis, like Commonplace, discusses a broad concept, not a specific issue. Through our study of the progymnasma Thesis, we also teach the modern research paper. We add modern distinctions to the ancient techniques, for example,  scope (limiting the discussion to a manageable size), thesis statement formulation, modern research strategies, modern outlining, drafting, revisions, and proofreading skills.

Our key ancient source text will be Aristotle's Rhetoric.


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