Roman Oratory by Catherine SteelRoman Oratory by Catherine Steel

Roman Oratory

byCatherine Steel

Paperback | August 14, 2006

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Recent scholarship has emphasised that ancient oratory was primarily a performance art. At Rome during the Republican period, public speaking was one of the most important ways in which politicians created support for themselves among the citizen body. The change of political system to a monarchy transformed the functions of oratory but left its importance as an elite skill intact. This New Survey offers an introduction to the topic, and the modern scholarship on it, which emphasises the fact that the occasions of speaking were prior to subsequent written texts. Without ignoring Cicero as the major surviving textual exemplar of a Roman orator, this book establishes a context for his achievement within the preoccupation with public speaking common to the Roman elite as a whole and considers what oratorical education and practice at Rome can say about wider norms of elite behaviour.
Dr Steel read Greats at Oxford University(1991-1995) and did a doctorate there with Professor Michael Winterbottom (1995-1998, degree awarded 1999). She has taught at Glasgow since 1999, first as Lecturer in Classics and, from 2005, as Senior Lecturer and is a member of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies (on council 2001-20...
Title:Roman OratoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.2 inPublished:August 14, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521687225

ISBN - 13:9780521687225


Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The orator in Roman society; 2. Channels of communication; 3. The practising orator; 4. The orator's education; Conclusion; Bibliography.