Abstract: This essay interprets Nietzsche's statement in Ecce Homo that his is a “most multifarious art of style” as an allusion to Demosthenes' reputation as the perfect orator. Nietzsche does so as a way of signaling that his own “art of style” positions him as the modern heir to this ideal. Nietzsche's account of his style has to be read as a polemical and radical intervention in the old battle between philosophy and rhetoric, one that aims to deconstruct the opposition between them rather than to assert the legitimacy of one over the other.

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