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Introduction

Henriette van der Blom and Catherine Steel

in Community and Communication

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199641895
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746130 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641895.003.0001
Introduction

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The introduction sketches the current state of the scholarly debate on oratory and Republican politics and identifies the volume's contributions. It discusses comparisons which can help to explain why some orators and oratory were effective and others were not: these include the concept of the bad orator, as defined in ancient rhetorical theory and practice, and diplomatic oratory, a forum in which speech and action were in a different relationship from the one we witness in the contio, Senate and courts. The significance of Cicero is often overstated: this volume attempts to balance analysis with considerations, via fragments and testimonia, of a range of other orators, and notes the variety of methods by which less talented orators could remedy their deficit of ability. The introduction concludes with a brief summary of the volume's chapters.

Keywords: oratory; Republican politics; contio; fragmentary oratory; Cicero

Chapter.  3112 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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