Community and Communication: Oratory and Politics in Republican Rome

Hardcover | December 20, 2012

EditorCatherine Steel, Henriette van der Blom

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Community and Communication: Oratory and Politics in Republican Rome brings together nineteen international contributions which rethink the role of public speech in the Roman Republic. Speech was an integral part of decision-making in Republican Rome, and oratory was part of the education ofevery member of the elite. Yet no complete speech from the period by anyone other than Cicero survives, and as a result the debate on oratory, and political practice more widely, is liable to be distorted by the distinctive features of Cicero's oratorical practice. With careful attention to a wide range of ancient evidence, this volume shines a light on orators other than Cicero, and considers the oratory of diplomatic exchanges and impromptu heckling and repartee alongside the more familiar genres of forensic and political speech. In doing so, it challengesthe idea that Cicero was a normative figure, and highlights the variety of career choices and speech strategies open to Roman politicians. The essays in the volume also demonstrate how unpredictable the outcomes of oratory were: politicians could try to control events by cherry-picking theiraudience and using tried methods of persuasion, but incompetence, bad luck, or hostile listeners were constant threats.

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Community and Communication: Oratory and Politics in Republican Rome brings together nineteen international contributions which rethink the role of public speech in the Roman Republic. Speech was an integral part of decision-making in Republican Rome, and oratory was part of the education ofevery member of the elite. Yet no complete sp...

Catherine Steel is Professor of Classics at the University of Glasgow, and is author of numerous books and articles on Cicero, Roman oratory, and Roman political history. Henriette van der Blom is Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford University and has previously published Cicero's Role Models (Oxford University Press, 2010) as w...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:December 20, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgemnetsList of contributorsList of abbreviationsIntroductionHenriette van der Blom and Catherine Steel: Part I: Citizens, Speech and the Roman res publica1. Karl-Joachim Holkeskamp: Friends, Romans, Countrymen: addressing the Roman people and the rhetoric of inclusion2. Robert Morstein-Marx: Cultural hegemony and the communicative power of the Roman elite3. Martin Jehne: Feeding the plebs with words: the significance of senatorial public oratory in the small word of Roman politics4. Henrik Mouritsen: From meeting to text: the contio in the late RepublicPart II: Strategy and Tactics in Public Speech5. Harriet I. Flower: Beyond the contio: political communication in the tribunate of Tiberius Gracchus6. Amy Russell: Speech, competition, and collaboration: tribunician politics and the development of popular ideology7. James Tan: Publius Clodius and the boundaries of the contio8. W. Jeffrey Tatum: Campaign rhetoric9. Catherine Steel: Pompeius, Helvius Mancia and the politics of popular debatePart III: Judgments and Criticisms10. Jakob Wisse: The bad orator: between clumsy delivery and political danger11. Valentina Arena: The orator and his audience: the rhetorical perspective12. John Dugan: Cicero and the politics of ambiguityPart IV: Romans and non-Romans13. Elena Torregaray Pagola: The Roman ambassador s speech: public oratory on the diplomatic stage14. Francisco Pina Polo: Foreign eloquence in the Roman senate15. Jonathan R.W. Prag: The provincial perspective on the politics of repetundae trialsPart V: Cicero s Rivals16. Cristina Rosillo Lopez: The common (mediocris) orator: the Scribonii Curiones17. Henriette van der Blom: Fragmentary Speeches: the oratory and political career of Piso Caesoninus18. Andrea Balbo: Marcus Junius Brutus the orator: between philosophy and rhetoric19. Trevor Mahy: Antonius, triumvir and orator: career, style and effectivenessBibliographyIndices