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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 Eloquence of Publius Sulpicius Rufus and Gaius Aurelius Cotta in Cicero’s Brutus

The Eloquence of Publius Sulpicius Rufus and Gaius Aurelius Cotta in Cicero’s Brutus

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(p.59) 4 The Eloquence of Publius Sulpicius Rufus and Gaius Aurelius Cotta in Cicero’s Brutus
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Reading Republican Oratory
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Alfredo Casamento

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198788201.003.0005

The purpose of this chapter is to investigate the personalities of Publius Sulpicius Rufus and Gaius Aurelius Cotta, which illustrate Roman eloquence at the beginning of the first century BC. Particular regard is given to the wide section of the Ciceronian Brutus, the treatise in which Rufus and Cotta are protagonists of an intense confrontation, in order to reflect on different styles of eloquence. At the same time, a survey on the characteristics of their eloquence, conducted in the absence of direct evidence that might provide objective information about their oratorical qualities, also makes it possible to analyse the importance (and in some cases the indispensability) of Cicero’s opinion.

Keywords:   Publius Sulpicius Rufus, Gaius Aurelius Cotta, Cicero, Brutus, Roman eloquence

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