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Plutarch: Demosthenes and Cicero

Andrew Lintott


Plutarch's Lives have been popular reading from antiquity to the present day, combining engaging biographical detail with a strong underlying moral purpose. The Lives of Demosthenes and Cicero are an unusual pair in that they are about unmilitary men who, while superb technically as orators, were both in the end political failures, crushed by the military power which dominated their world. In these two Lives, Plutarch is not so much interested in Demosthenes' and Cicero's rhetorical technique as in their ability to persuade an audience to vote for the right course of action, even if that actio ... More

Keywords: Plutarch, Lives, Demosthenes, Cicero, Orators, rhetorical technique, liberty, Chaeroneia, Greece, Italy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199699711
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199699711.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Lintott, author
Emeritus Fellow, Worcester College, Oxford

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