Cicero On the Ideal Orator

ISBN-10: 0195091981
ISBN-13: 9780195091984
Edition: 2001
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Book details

List price: $54.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/8/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 9.09" wide x 6.10" long x 0.71" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

In On the Ideal Orator (De oratore) Cicero, the greatest Roman orator and prosewriter of his day, gives his mature views on rhetoric, oratory and philosophy. Cast in the lively literary form of a dialogue, the work presents a daring view of the orator as the master of all language communcation, while still emphasizing his role at the heart of Roman society and politics. Cicero thus goes far beyond the rules of the standard manuals of the rhetoricians, whom he criticizes for their rigidity and narrowness. But in the age-old quarrel between the philosophers and the rhetoricians, he doesn not side with the philosophers either. His picture of the ideal orator consitutes Cicero's own, original synthesis between the two positions. This translation by May and Wisse aims to be accessible as well as accurate. The translation is based on, and contributes to, the many advances in recent scholarship of De oratore itself, as well as of the many aspects of ancient rhetoric, philosophy, and history relevant to the work. It reflects the many variations of Cicero's style, which are essential ingredients of the work, signalling irony, seriousness, arguments, and climaxes. The extensive annotation, the introduction, the glossary, and the full index of names and places make this book completely accessible to the non-specialist, as well as offering new insights to the specialist.

James M. May is provost, dean, and professor of classics at St. Olaf College.

Introduction
The Roman background: politics and culture
Orators in politics
Greeks and Romans
De oratore in Cicero's life
The subject: the ideal orator
Form I: Dialogue technique
Form II: ""Rhetorical"" techniques and the way to read De oratore
Background I: The quarrel between rhetoricians and philosophers, and Cicero's position in it
Brief history of the quarrel
The issues in the quarrel: Cicero's position
Background II: Traditional rhetoric and Cicero's alternative
Preliminary questions
The basic systems and Cicero's choice
The individual activities
Background III: Cicero's ""sources""
This translation
The text
Synopsis of the work
Further Readings and Bibliography
Abbreviations
Translation: On The Ideal Orator
Cicero's Works
Figures of Thought and Speech
List of Readings
Glossary
Index of Places and Names
General Index

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