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Creative Eloquence: The Construction of Reality in Cicero's Speeches

Ingo Gildenhard


This book argues that a distinctive hallmark of Cicero's oratory is a conceptual creativity that one may loosely characterize as philosophical. A range of case studies show how this creativity manifests itself in striking and original views on human beings and being human, politics, society, and culture, and the sphere of the supernatural. After an introduction that defines the outlook of Cicero's philosophical oratory and addresses methodological issues, the volume contains three parts with four chapters each, devoted, respectively, to the anthropology, the sociology, and the theology contain ... More

Keywords: anthropology, Cicero, creativity, oratory, philosophy, Roman republic, sociology, theology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199291557
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291557.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ingo Gildenhard, author
Reader in Latin Literature and Roman Culture, Durham University