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Community and Communication: Oratory and Politics in Republican Rome

Catherine Steel and Henriette van der Blom


This book brings together nineteen scholars to rethink the role of public speech in the Roman Republic. Speech was an integral part of decision-making in Republican Rome, and oratory was part of the education of every member of the elite. Yet no complete speech from the period by anyone other than Cicero survives, and as a result the debate on oratory, and political practice more widely, is liable to be distorted by the distinctive features of Cicero’s oratorical practice. With careful attention to a wide range of ancient evidence, this book shines a light on orators other than Cicero, and con ... More

Keywords: oratory, contio, Roman Republic, Cicero, politics, political decision-making, forensic speech, political speech, Roman orators

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199641895
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641895.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Steel, editor
Professor of Classics, University of Glasgow

Henriette van der Blom, editor
Research Fellow, Wolfson College, Oxford University

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Henriette van der Blom, and Catherine Steel

Part I Citizens, Speech, and the Roman Res Publica

Part II Strategy and Tactics in Public Speech

8 Campaign Rhetoric

W. Jeffrey Tatum

Part III Judgements and Criticisms

Part IV Romans and Non-Romans

Part V Cicero’s Rivals

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