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Reading Republican OratoryReconstructions, Contexts, Receptions$
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Christa Gray, Andrea Balbo, Richard M. A. Marshall, and Catherine E. W. Steel

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198788201

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198788201.001.0001

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The Politics of Pronuntiatio

The Politics of Pronuntiatio

The Rhetorica ad Herennium and Delivery in the Early First Century BC

(p.213) 12 The Politics of Pronuntiatio
Reading Republican Oratory

Jennifer Hilder

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the approach to pronuntiatio (delivery) in the anonymous Rhetorica ad Herennium. In the first section, Cicero’s later accounts of oratorical delivery are used to assess whether Auctor is contributing something original to rhetorical theory, with a particular focus on consistency, gestures, and theatricality. Indeed, Auctor’s framing of pronuntiatio is not particularly unusual. In the second section, this is linked to the post-Social War context and Auctor’s concern elsewhere in the text with the murders of (so-called) popularis tribunes. The chapter concludes by arguing that Auctor’s conservative recommendations for pronuntiatio may reflect a need to turn orators away from a dangerous and unsuccessful ‘popularis’ delivery.

Keywords:   popularis, delivery, Rhetorica ad Herennium, rhetorical theory, Social War, tribunes

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