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- DescriptionCicero made a multiple bid for literary acclaim with his oratory and his writings on rhetoric, together with his works on politics, religion and philosophy. He was both orator and critic and his efficiency in preserving written versions of his speeches have left us with an abundance of material for the comparison of theory with practice. In this book Stephen Usher gives a detailed account of how Cicero viewed oratory, and what influenced the formation of his ideal. Cicero himself identifies eight desirable qualities and refinements that oratory should contain: literary kwledge and culture, kwledge and understanding of philosophy, kwledge of law, kwledge of history, wit and humour, emotional appeal, digression and dilatation. His assessment of both past and his contemporary orators exposes the intensity of the rivalry which underlies much of Cicero's rhetorical writing, and adds impetus to how he measures up to his own criteria. Usher sets each speech in its historical and forensic context, in chrological order, and examines to what extent and how successfully Cicero employs these definitions of great oratory.
- Author BiographyStephen Usher formerly Senior Lecturer in Classics at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College of the University of London has written extensively on oratory; his publications include The Historians of Greece and Rome and Dionysius of Halicarnassus Critical Essays. He has edited Greek Orators Volumes III and V and co-edited Greek Orators Volume I (with M. Edwards) in the Aris & Phillips Classical Texts series.
- Author(s)Stephen Usher
- PublisherLiverpool University Press
- Date of Publication16/05/2008
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleAris & Phillips Classical Texts
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintAris & Phillips Ltd
- Weight386 g
- Width149 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine25 mm
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