The Roman World of Cicero's De Oratore

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The Roman World of Cicero's De Oratore aims to provide an accessible study of Cicero's first and fullest dialogue, on the ideal orator-statesman. It illustrates the dialogue's achievement as a reflection of a civilized way of life and a brilliantly constructed literary unity, and considers the contribution made by Cicero's recommendations to the development of rhetoric and higher education at Rome. Because Cicero deliberately set his extended conversation in the generation of his childhood teachers, a study of the dialogue in its historical setting can show how the political and cultural life of this earlier period differed from Cicero's personal experience of the collapse of senatorial government, when the overwhelming power of the "first triumvirate" forced him into political silence in the last decade of the republic. After an introductory chapter reviewing Cicero's position on return from exile, chapters include a comparative study of the careers of M. Antonius and L. Licinius Crassus, protagonists of the dialogue, a discussion of Cicero's response to Plato's criticisms of rhetoric in the Gorgias and Phaedrus, and his debt to Aristotle's Rhetoric, analysis of the dialogue's treatment of Roman civil law, existing Latin literature and historical writing, Strabo's survey of the sources and application of humor, political eloquence in senate and contio, theories of diction and style, and the techniques of oral delivery. An epilogue looks briefly at Cicero's De re publica and Tacitus' Dialogus de oratoribus as reflections on the transformation of oratory and free (if oligarchic) republican government by debate to meet the context of the new autocracy.

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Elaine Fantham is Giger Professor of Latin Emerita, Princeton University.

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"With her usual astute scholarship, Fantham has presented a cogent, illuminating analysis of the dialogue within the context of the failing senatorial government of the late republic. Her analysis is as important for understanding Cicero and his era as it is for understanding the practice of oratory, rhetoric in Rome, and the training of the orator/statesman.... This is a significant contribution to the understanding of Cicero, his dialogue, and his world. Highly recommended."--Choice


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Book Description Book Condition: New. Oxford University Press, 2006. 368p. Hard bound. 'This attractive book is 'largely the result of Elaine Fantham's years of offering the study of 'De Oratore' in graduate courses on Ciceronian rhetoric' (p.V). (.) F. aims at winning more interest in and sympathy for Cicero's 'De Oratore', 'a brilliant and beneficial work, and a marvelous key to Roman life and values in the late republic (p.V). (.) It may fairly be said: F.'s book yields profit to both groups, to the general reader as well as to Latinists so far unfamiliar with Cicero's first dialogue. F. steers clear of philological technicalities; most verbatim quotations are translated; Greek is transliterated (.). On the other hand, F.'s 13 chapters abound in prosopographical and historical detail (and her command of it is impressive). (.) It is just this wealth of detailed information which makes the book attractive and useful - and what might indeed turn reluctant classicists to reading 'De Oratore'. F.'s method (.): in the main, she does not comment on Cicero's text, providing instead an overall portrait of the political and intellectual atmosphere (.) She does so for two significant periods: the years around 91 B.C., the fictitious date of the dialogue, and around 56-55,when 'De Oratore' was conceived and written down. Notoriously, these years differ widely as to the political situation and, consequently, Cicero's mood and feelings. (.) Focussing on limited periods of time allows F. to be generous in exposing historical and literary particulars, and, amazingly, far from confusing the reader, the details soon generate a vivid all-round idea of these years (.). Last but not least, F.'s book is a pleasure to read. The style is lucid and elegant, liberally seasoned by a fine sense of humour.' (WOLDEMAR GÖRLER in The Classical Review (New Series), 2006, pp.95-97). Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 48017

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