Community and Communication: Oratory and Politics in the by Catherine Steel, Henriette van der Blom

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By Catherine Steel, Henriette van der Blom

Community and verbal exchange: Oratory and Politics in Republican Rome brings jointly nineteen overseas contributions which reconsider the position of public speech within the Roman Republic. Speech was once a vital part of decision-making in Republican Rome, and oratory was once a part of the schooling of each member of the elite. but no whole speech from the interval via somebody except Cicero survives, and accordingly the talk on oratory, and political perform extra commonly, is prone to be distorted by way of the special positive aspects of Cicero's oratorical perform.

With cautious recognition to quite a lot of old facts, this quantity shines a mild on orators except Cicero, and considers the oratory of diplomatic exchanges and impromptu heckling and repartee along the extra known genres of forensic and political speech. In doing so, it demanding situations the concept Cicero was once a normative determine, and highlights the range of occupation offerings and speech recommendations open to Roman politicians. The essays within the quantity additionally reveal how unpredictable the results of oratory have been: politicians may perhaps attempt to regulate occasions through cherry-picking their viewers and utilizing attempted tools of persuasion, yet incompetence, undesirable good fortune, or adversarial listeners have been consistent threats.

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Cf. Martin (2000). 51 Liv. 14. cf. Bücher (2006), 46–8, and the detailed discussion of the event by Feig Vishnia (1998) and, again, the important general observations by Flaig (2003), 181–3, 186–7. 48 Friends, Romans, Countrymen 25 least) later leader of the senatorial gang that killed Tiberius Gracchus: in his dissuasio of an obviously popular distribution of grain, moved by a tribune to alleviate the effects of an acute shortage and increase of prices, he allegedly assumed an unsurpassed degree of imperious condescension: ‘Be silent, Quirites, I ask you.

Brut. 7; 56. Cic. de Orat. 337; cf. de Orat. 50; Mur. 24, and also Quint. Inst. 11–14. 49 Liv. 20, esp. 6. 50 Sal. Hist. 48 (oratio Macri ad plebem 6–8, 12–15, 25–8, and passim); cf. Sal. Jug. 16–17 (the tribune C. Memmius and his contiones). cf. Martin (2000). 51 Liv. 14. cf. Bücher (2006), 46–8, and the detailed discussion of the event by Feig Vishnia (1998) and, again, the important general observations by Flaig (2003), 181–3, 186–7. 48 Friends, Romans, Countrymen 25 least) later leader of the senatorial gang that killed Tiberius Gracchus: in his dissuasio of an obviously popular distribution of grain, moved by a tribune to alleviate the effects of an acute shortage and increase of prices, he allegedly assumed an unsurpassed degree of imperious condescension: ‘Be silent, Quirites, I ask you.

2, 49, 51, 58, 63–4, 68, 70–1; Agr. 103; Rab. Perd. 2, 5; Red. Pop. 1, 4–5, 6, 16–17, 24; Phil. 17–8; Sal. Hist. 47 (or. Cottae ad populum 4). 36 C. Sempronius Gracchus ORF4 48, 26 and 44 (= Gel. 3); Cic. Man. 2, 6–7, 11–12, 14, 19; Agr. 15–16; Rab. Perd. 10; Catil. 1; Red. Pop. 1, 4, 9; Phil. 19; cf. also de Orat. 337; Sal. Jug. 16–7. 37 ORF4 20, 22 (= Schol. Bob. ad Cic. Mil. 16, 118 St). cf. the detailed discussion by Kierdorf (1980), 21–33, with further references. 38 Morstein-Marx (2004), 16, 32 n.

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