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Ancient Orators

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Ancient Orators

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Ancient Orators

Ancient Orators

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There's a lot of speechifying going on these days, with President Bush and Sen. John Kerry traveling around making their stump speeches. Has it always been this way? NPR's Scott Simon asks Weekend Edition classics commentator Elaine Fantham what oratory was like in the days before teleprompters.