Creative Eloquence: The Construction of Reality in Ciceros Speeches

Hardcover | December 25, 2010

byIngo Gildenhard

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The statesman Cicero (106-43 BC) left behind a corpus of about 50 orations, all designed as interventions in the legal and political struggles that marked the final decades of the Roman republic. Ever since their publication during his lifetime they have functioned as models of eloquence.However, they also contain profound philosophical thoughts on the question of being human, on politics, society, and culture, and on the sphere of the divine. Now, for the first time, Ingo Gildenhard systematically analyses this dimension of Cicero's oratory and, in so doing, touches upon many keyissues and concepts that still preoccupy us today, such as the ethics of happiness or the notion of conscience, the distinction between civilization and barbarity, or the problem of divine justice.

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The statesman Cicero (106-43 BC) left behind a corpus of about 50 orations, all designed as interventions in the legal and political struggles that marked the final decades of the Roman republic. Ever since their publication during his lifetime they have functioned as models of eloquence.However, they also contain profound philosophica...

Dr. Indigo Gildenhard is Reader in Latin Literature and Roman Culture at Durham University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:450 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:December 25, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199291551

ISBN - 13:9780199291557

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Cicero's philosophical oratoryI. AnthropologyIntroduction: Ethopoiea and anthropopoiesis1. Being human2. Human beings3. The good, the bad, and the in-between4. Mental statesII. SociologyIntroduction: Imagining community5. Definition and the politics of truth6. Laws and justice7. Civilization and its discontents8. Coping with CaesarIII. TheologyIntroduction: Rome's civic religion9. Ontological elevation and divine favouritism10. Cicero's theodicy11. Tyranny and the divine12. Life after deathConclusion