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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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The Future Orator: Talent, Training, and the Choice of Model

The Future Orator: Talent, Training, and the Choice of Model

(p.78) 4 The Future Orator: Talent, Training, and the Choice of Model
The Roman World of Cicero's De Oratore

Elaine Fantham

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that Cicero accepted Isocrates' prescription of imitation as a necessary component in the orator's training. It is evidence of the development in thinking since the 4th century that what Isocrates assumed as part of the young orator's basic training has come to be a delayed but deliberate decision by or for the mature orator, who being mature has also the judgement to focus his choice where his natural talents lead him: with these modifications stylistic imitation should certainly be included in the account of the rhetorical training practised by Cicero's teachers and contemporaries at Rome.

Keywords:   imitation, Cicero, training, orators, Isocrates, Crassus

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