Brill's Companion to Cicero: Oratory and Rhetoric by James M. May

By James M. May

This quantity is meant as a significant other to the research of Cicero's oratory and rhetoric for either scholars and specialists within the box: for the neophyte, it offers a place to begin; for the veteran Ciceronian pupil, a spot for renewing the discussion approximately matters touching on Ciceronian oratory and rhetoric; for all, a website of engagement at numerous degrees with Ciceronian scholarship and bibliography. The publication is prepared alongside approximately chronological strains and covers so much features of Cicero's oratory and rhetoric. the actual power of this spouse is living within the person, usually very unique method of sundry issues by means of an array of amazing individuals, all of whom have spent huge parts in their careers concentrating upon the oratorical and rhetorical oeuvre of Cicero. A bibliography of proper goods from the prior 25 years, keyed to precise Ciceronian works, completes the amount. Brill's significant other to Cicero becomes the normal reference paintings on Cicero for a few years.

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The issue under consideration involves the unique and peculiar phenomenon at Rome of the pejorative name; Cicero cites in particular ‘Caldus,’ ‘Clodius,’ ‘Caecilius,’ and ‘Mutius,’ names that suggest, respectively, a harsh temper, lameness, blindness, and muteness. Virtually unknown to the Greeks, the existence of pejorative naming practices offers a way for the orator to ground an opponent in the world by means of his ‘fixed and proper appellation’ (certo et proprio vocabulo). Roman names offer access to personal morality, as labels to a bearer’s content, in a way that is impossible in Greek 50 Inv.

20 Arch. 1 and Clarke (1968): 19–20. 21 De or. 23: ab incunabulis nostrae veteris puerilisque doctrinae (addressing Quintus); Brut. 310. 22 Cic. apud Suet. Rhet. 1: continebar autem doctissimorum hominum auctoritate, qui existimabant Graecis exercitationibus ali melius ingenia posse. 28   of a true Roman oratorical career may sound puzzling but, as we shall see, it is a stance that will be adopted with differing degrees of directness in the Latin treatises On Invention and To Gaius Herennius.

Ogilvie, A Commentary on Livy Books 1–5 (Oxford: Clarendon 1970): 449–450, concisely summarizes, with bibliography, the relevant ancient evidence for this tradition; for its relevance to Roman republican education in general, see A. Corbeill, “Education in the Roman Republic: Creating Traditions,” in Education in Greek and Roman Antiquity, edited by Y. L. Too (Leiden: Brill 2001): 275–276. 18 Despite a deep interest in philosophy, especially the variety of skepticism promoted by the New Academy (an attraction perhaps attributable to the civil disturbances of the eighties), Cicero eventually focused, of course, on oratory.

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