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Certainly Nero avoided oratory and speech-making, and his imperial debut, a eulogy of Claudius composed for him by Seneca, provoked such laughter he may well have avoided further public speaking. His explanation of Agrippina’s deadly conspiracy was also Seneca’s work. 3). 99–102 describes a Bacchanal, as the votaries ‘‘fill their twisted horns with Mimallonian booms, as the Bassaris about to behead the snatched up calf and the Maenad steering her lynx with vine tendrils redoubles the cry of Evoe!

For Herennius’ teacher the aim was to improve the volume, flexibility, and strength (magnitudo mollitudo firmitudo) of the voice, all qualities as necessary for acting and singing as for orating. Declaiming strengthens the voice: strength and evenness will be built up if we begin speaking in a calm low pitch, sparing the windpipe as we also do by varying the intensity of a continuous speech and avoiding sharp exclamations and shouting, which harm the voice and offend the audience. We should practice uttering long phrases in a single breath, and declaiming both sitting down and lying flat.

It is mostly played under the auspices of private clubs and ordinary folk will only see it if it is screened because a member of the royal family is playing. The game is an archaic revival, originating in central Asia, brought to Britain from India in the nineteenth century and since modified. I would say that as an expensive game and a team game for the elite it is highly appropriate to a young prince, especially as it requires swift reflexes and skilled horsemanship. It invites comparison with the Lusus Troiae (‘‘Troy Game’’) re-introduced to Rome by Caesar, a ritual event in which elite Roman youth performed intricate choreographed manoeuvres on horseback (Suetonius, Divus Julius 39).

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