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The Roman World of Cicero's De Oratore$
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Elaine Fantham

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199263158

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263158.001.0001

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Constructing the Dialogue: The Challenge of Plato

Constructing the Dialogue: The Challenge of Plato

(p.49) 3 Constructing the Dialogue: The Challenge of Plato
The Roman World of Cicero's De Oratore

Elaine Fantham

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Cicero's choice of Plato as a formal, literary model, in particular Plato's Republic, a dialogue concerned not with rhetoric but with the state and the education of the wise statesman. The form of Plato's dialogues, both in their dramatic setting and their conversational style, which won Cicero's admiration, their argument and their mode of argument, was alien to his beliefs as a committed statesman as it would be to the decorum of Roman society.

Keywords:   Plato, Republic, Cicero, Gorgias, Socrates

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