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Papers on Quintilian and Ancient Declamation$
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Michael Winterbottom, Antonio Stramaglia, Francesca Romana Nocchi, and Giuseppe Russo

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198836056

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198836056.001.0001

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Cicero and the Middle Style

Cicero and the Middle Style

(p.161) 11 Cicero and the Middle Style*
Papers on Quintilian and Ancient Declamation

Michael Winterbottom

, Antonio Stramaglia, Francesca Romana Nocchi, Giuseppe Russo
Oxford University Press

This paper originated as a contribution to a colloquium in Cambridge in honour of C. O. Brink (1987); it was published in a shorter form in 1989. It explores certain problems raised by the Orator. Cicero there passes from one picture of the Middle Style, as a colourless style in between the Grand and the Plain, to something quite different, bright and ornamented like the ‘sophistic’ epideictic that Cicero has earlier rejected but now allows to play an important role in forensic oratory. The paper argues that Cicero makes this shift in order to give his own varied oratory a place in his theoretical model.

Keywords:   Cicero, The three styles, Middle Style, epideictic, Sophists

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