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Marcus Junius Brutus the Orator: Between Philosophy and Rhetoric

Andrea Balbo

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/9780199641895.003.0019
Marcus Junius Brutus the Orator: Between Philosophy and Rhetoric

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Marcus Iunius Brutus was one of the most important politicians active at the end of the Republic. Cicero gives a very positive judgment of Brutus’ oratorical skills, but none of his speeches has survived complete, and the fragments of his orations have not aroused much interest among scholars. This chapter provides a re-evaluation both of Brutus’ eloquence and its links with his understanding of philosophy, and of his relationship with contemporary Roman politicians and parties. The links between Brutus’ speeches and politics are clear and important: all his orations are connected with some of the most difficult situations during the late Roman republic: Pompeius’ dictatorship (52 bc); the defences of Titus Annius Milo (52 bc) and king Deiotarus (47 bc); the laudatio of Cato Uticensis (45 bc); and the oratio in contio Capitolina, pronounced the day after Caesar’s death.

Keywords: oratory; politics; Brutus; philosophy

Chapter.  7788 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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