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Politeness and Politics in Cicero's Letters

Jon Hall


This book presents a fresh examination of the letters exchanged between Cicero and correspondents such as Pompey, Julius Caesar, and Mark Antony during the final turbulent decades of the Roman Republic. Drawing upon sociolinguistic theories of politeness, it argues that formal relationships between powerful members of the elite were constrained by distinct conventions of courtesy and etiquette. By examining in detail these linguistic conventions of politeness, the book presents new insights into the social manners that shaped aristocratic relationships. Specific topics include a discussion of ... More

Keywords: Cicero, politeness, politics, letter-writing, etiquette, social manners, polite fictions, Roman aristocracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195329063
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195329063.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jon Hall, author
University of Otago
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