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Cicero's Philosophy of History

Matthew Fox

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199211920
eISBN:
9780191705854
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199211920.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

Cicero has long been seen to embody the values of the Roman Republic. This study of Cicero's use of history reveals that rather than promoting his own values, Cicero uses historical representation to ... More


Fashioning the Ideal Orator: Theatricality and Transgressive Aesthetics in the De oratore

John Dugan

in Making a New Man: Ciceronian Self-Fashioning in the Rhetorical Works

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199267804
eISBN:
9780191708152
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267804.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter moves from the instances of self-consciously cultural oratorical practice to Cicero's first major work of rhetorical theory, De oratore, which Cicero frames as an archaeology of his ... More


Vetera repetenti

James E. G. Zetzel

in The Lost Republic: Cicero's De oratore and De re publica

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780197626092
eISBN:
9780197626122
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197626092.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

De oratore is a text filled with historical detail; the present chapter examines several different aspects of history in De oratore. First is the historical setting itself. It is a very selective ... More


Cicero at 50

Elaine Fantham

in The Roman World of Cicero's De Oratore

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199263158
eISBN:
9780191718892
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263158.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter begins with a brief discussion of Cicero's political career. It discusses the frustration of Cicero's policy and his decision to turn to writing. The chapter then considers Cicero's own ... More


Oratory and Literature: The Spoken and the Written Word

Elaine Fantham

in The Roman World of Cicero's De Oratore

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199263158
eISBN:
9780191718892
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263158.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter focuses on the extent to which Cicero is concerned with non-rhetorical literature in the second and third books of De Oratore. It considers the relationship of this dialogue to the ... More


Making a New Man: Ciceronian Self-Fashioning in the Rhetorical Works

John Dugan

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199267804
eISBN:
9780191708152
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267804.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This study investigates how Cicero (106-43 BCE) uses his major treatises on rhetorical theory (De oratore, Brutus, and Orator) in order to construct himself as a new entity within Roman cultural ... More


Prequel and Sequel

James E. G. Zetzel

in The Lost Republic: Cicero's De oratore and De re publica

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780197626092
eISBN:
9780197626122
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197626092.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter introduces the setting of De re publica, describing the speakers and the political context. It draws attention to the connections between De oratore and De re publica, in particular the ... More


Rediscovering Aristotelian Invention

Elaine Fantham

in The Roman World of Cicero's De Oratore

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199263158
eISBN:
9780191718892
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263158.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter explores Cicero's relationship with Aristotle. Cicero perceived De Oratore as echoing both the form and the content of Aristotle's teaching on rhetoric. It is at the heart of Antonius' ... More


Aristotle

Caroline Bishop

in Cicero, Greek Learning, and the Making of a Roman Classic

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198829423
eISBN:
9780191867941
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198829423.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines Cicero’s adaptation of Aristotle in his rhetorical works. Cicero considered Aristotle a somewhat remote figure, and associated him with times of political withdrawal and intense ... More


Style and Substance: Cicero’s Rethinking of Elocutio

Elaine Fantham

in The Roman World of Cicero's De Oratore

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199263158
eISBN:
9780191718892
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263158.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter shows that from his extended outer preface in the third and final book of the De Oratore, deliberately recalling that of book 1 and pointing ahead to Crassus' enhancement of elocutio, ... More


Res Pervolgatae: Words and their Manipulation in Standard Rhetorical Theory

Elaine Fantham

in The Roman World of Cicero's De Oratore

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199263158
eISBN:
9780191718892
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263158.003.0011
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

As was noted in the previous chapter, Crassus is openly reluctant to gratify Sulpicius with an account of formal rhetorical instruction on style, since so many rhetoricians had converted their ... More


‘When I read my Cato, it is as if Cato speaks’: the birth and evolution of Cicero’s dialogic voice

Sarah Culpepper Stroup

in The Author's Voice in Classical and Late Antiquity

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199670567
eISBN:
9780191758188
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670567.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

Cicero not only wrote dialogues (among other genres), but was one of the ancient authors most explicitly and consciously interested in the literary issues thrown up by use of the dialogue form. ... More


Conclusion: The Lost Republic

James E. G. Zetzel

in The Lost Republic: Cicero's De oratore and De re publica

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780197626092
eISBN:
9780197626122
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197626092.003.0016
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The final chapter explores the complexity of the relationship between De oratore and De re publica. Each dialogue complements the other. Each one uses the form of Platonic dialogue to examine the ... More


Political Persuasion: Senate and Contio

Elaine Fantham

in The Roman World of Cicero's De Oratore

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199263158
eISBN:
9780191718892
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263158.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter considers Cicero's own practice and the evidence of his letters and other contemporary sources to illustrate the procedures and problems of senatorial debate. It examines Cicero's ... More


Plato

Caroline Bishop

in Cicero, Greek Learning, and the Making of a Roman Classic

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198829423
eISBN:
9780191867941
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198829423.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter demonstrates how Cicero’s adaptation of Plato in his three dialogues De Oratore, De Re Publica, and De Legibus (as well as his translation of the Timaeus) reflects his desire to become a ... More


Into Action: The Orator as Public Figure

Elaine Fantham

in The Roman World of Cicero's De Oratore

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199263158
eISBN:
9780191718892
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263158.003.0012
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter begins with a discussion of the extent to which Roman orators were expected to speak from memory. From the beginning of De Oratore Cicero stresses the urgent need for memory ‘since ... More


Ratio dicendi

James E. G. Zetzel

in The Lost Republic: Cicero's De oratore and De re publica

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780197626092
eISBN:
9780197626122
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197626092.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter focuses on rhetorical theory and the ideal orator. It discusses the various definitions offered of oratory and rhetoric. It then examines the manifestations of the rhetorical theories of ... More


Eloquentem adhuc neminem

James E. G. Zetzel

in The Lost Republic: Cicero's De oratore and De re publica

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780197626092
eISBN:
9780197626122
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197626092.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter explores the way in which in De oratore Cicero simultaneously asserts and denies the need for a Roman orator to study Greek philosophy extensively. This involves the double question of ... More


Wit and Humour as the Orator’s Combat Weapons

Elaine Fantham

in The Roman World of Cicero's De Oratore

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199263158
eISBN:
9780191718892
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263158.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter focuses on the role played by humour in Cicero's own success, which confirms its continuing importance in the courts and politics of Rome beyond the generation of Antonius and Caesar ... More


Introduction: Mansuetiores Musae

James E. G. Zetzel

in The Lost Republic: Cicero's De oratore and De re publica

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780197626092
eISBN:
9780197626122
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197626092.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter uses Cicero’s letter to Lentulus (Ad familiares 1.9) to introduce the political and literary context in which Cicero wrote his first two dialogues, De oratore and De re publica. The ... More


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