The Alexandrian "Canon of Ten" Greek Orators

There were ten Greek orators who were selected by Aristophanes of Byzantium and Aristarcus of Samothrace as the best Attic orators and speech writers of classical Greece (5th century BCE–4th century BCE). The work of these ten orators inspired the later rhetorical movement of Atticism, an approach to speech composition emphasizing a simple rather than flowering oratory style (Asiatic).

Plutarch’s Lives of Ten Orators: Retrieved January 28, 2010.

Worthington, Ian (1994) The canon of the ten Attic orators’, in Persuasion: Greek Rhetoric In Action (pp. 244-263), NY: Routledge.