For he, who would have
all men trust his judgment as to what is expedient
and honourable, should both possess and be regarded as possessing genuine wisdom and excellence
of character. In forensic
speeches the orator may,
according to the generally received opinion, indulge
his passion to some extent. But all will agree that
the advice given by a speaker should be in keeping
with his moral character.
The majority of Greek writers have held that this
kind of oratory is entirely concerned with addressing
public assemblies and have restricted it to politics.