Cicero: Brutus and Orator

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Oxford University Press, Jan 23, 2020 - History - 360 pages
Cicero's Brutus and Orator constitute his final major statements on the history of Roman oratory and the nature of the ideal orator. In the Brutus he traces the development of political and judicial speech over the span of 150 years, from the early second century to 46 BCE, when both of these treatises were written. In an immensely detailed account of some 200 speakers from the past he dispenses an expert's praise and criticism, provides an unparalleled resource for the study of Roman rhetoric, and engages delicately with the fraught political circumstances of the day, when the dominance of Julius Caesar was assured and the future of Rome's political institutions was thrown into question. The Orator written several months later, describes the form of oratory that Cicero most admired, even though he insists that neither he nor any other orator has been able to achieve it. At the same time, he defends his views against critics the so-called Atticists who found Cicero's style overwrought. In this volume, the first English translation of both works in more than eighty years, Robert Kaster provides faithful and eminently readable renderings, along with a detailed introduction that places the works in their historical and cultural context and explains the key stylistic concepts and terminology that Cicero uses in his analyses. Extensive notes accompany the translations, helping readers at every step contend with unfamiliar names, terms, and concepts from Roman culture and history.
 

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Contents

2 Brutus
5
3 Orator
17
4 Outlines of Brutus and Orator
32
5 Translation Notes Text
34
6 Further Reading
36
Abbreviations
37
Ancient Authors and Works Cited
39
Brutus
49
Glossary of Roman Political Terms
257
On the Best Kind of Orator
269
Variant Readings
277
Bibliography
283
Index of Persons
287
Index of Places
299
Index of Texts
301
Index of Topics
305

Orator
169
Biographical Sketches
249

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Robert A. Kaster is Professor of Classics, emeritus, and Kennedy Foundation Professor of Latin Language and Literature, emeritus, at Princeton University.

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