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The Roman World of Cicero's De Oratore

Elaine Fantham


This book studies 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 exper ... More

Keywords: Cicero, rhetoric, senatorial government, return from exile, M. Antonius, L. Licinius Crassus, Roman civil law, Plato, Aristotle, Tacitus

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199263158
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263158.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elaine Fantham, author
Giger Professor of Latin Emerita, Princeton University