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Community and CommunicationOratory and Politics in Republican Rome$
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Catherine Steel and Henriette van der Blom

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199641895

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641895.001.0001

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Marcus Junius Brutus the Orator: Between Philosophy and Rhetoric

Marcus Junius Brutus the Orator: Between Philosophy and Rhetoric

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Andrea Balbo

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Marcus Iunius Brutus was one of the most important politicians active at the end of the Republic. Cicero gives a very positive judgment of Brutus’ oratorical skills, but none of his speeches has survived complete, and the fragments of his orations have not aroused much interest among scholars. This chapter provides a re-evaluation both of Brutus’ eloquence and its links with his understanding of philosophy, and of his relationship with contemporary Roman politicians and parties. The links between Brutus’ speeches and politics are clear and important: all his orations are connected with some of the most difficult situations during the late Roman republic: Pompeius’ dictatorship (52 bc); the defences of Titus Annius Milo (52 bc) and king Deiotarus (47 bc); the laudatio of Cato Uticensis (45 bc); and the oratio in contio Capitolina, pronounced the day after Caesar’s death.

Keywords:   oratory, politics, Brutus, philosophy

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