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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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Political Persuasion: Senate and Contio

Political Persuasion: Senate and Contio

(p.209) 9 Political Persuasion: Senate and Contio
The Roman World of Cicero's De Oratore

Elaine Fantham

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers Cicero's own practice and the evidence of his letters and other contemporary sources to illustrate the procedures and problems of senatorial debate. It examines Cicero's senatorial speech De Provinciis Consularibus, and presents examples of violence at public assemblies. It argues that in De Oratore, at least, Cicero could take refuge in the less troubled times of Crassus and Antonius before the political crisis brought on by the tribunate of Livius Drusus and the subsequent Italian revolt.

Keywords:   Cicero, De Oratore, De Provinciis Consularibus, orators, speeches, senatorial debate, violence

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