Cicero on Oratory and Orators
Contains Cicero's De Oratore and Brutus, influential sources over the centuries for ideas on rhetoric and train ing for public leadership.
The De Oratore, written in 55 B.C., argues that rhetoric is socially significant because states are established and main tained through the leadership of eloquent men.
The three books of dialogues in this volume feature discussions between well-known figures in Roman history, in cluding Lucius Crassus, Marcus An tonius, Quintus Lutatius Catulus, Quin tus Marcius Scaevola, Caius Aurelius Cotta, Julius Caesar Strabo Vopicus, and Publius Sulpicus Rufus.
The Brutus continues the theme of the dialogues, giving a history of eminent orators whose performances exemplify the Ciceronian theory that rhetoric final ly adds up to leadership.