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Cicero on Oratory and Orators (Landmarks in Rhetoric & Public Address)

ISBN13: 9780809312931
ISBN: 080931293X
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $27.5
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Published Date:
Edition 1st
Pages: 440
Average Goodreads rating: 3.85/5 (12 ratings)

Contains Cicero’s De Oratore and Brutus, influential sources over the centuries for ideas on rhetoric and train­ing for public leadership.

The De Oratore, written in 55 B.C., argues that rhetoric is socially significant because states are established and main­tained through the leadership of eloquent men.

The three books of dialogues in this volume feature discussions between well-known figures in Roman history, in­cluding Lucius Crassus, Marcus An­tonius, Quintus Lutatius Catulus, Quin­tus Marcius Scaevola, Caius Aurelius Cotta, Julius Caesar Strabo Vopicus, and Publius Sulpicus Rufus.

The Brutus continues the theme of the dialogues, giving a history of eminent orators whose performances exemplify the Ciceronian theory that rhetoric final­ly adds up to leadership.