Pope’s Spider and Cicero’s Writing

G. O. Hutchinson

in Aspects of the Language of Latin Prose

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263327
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734168 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Pope’s Spider and Cicero’s Writing

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This chapter presents a line from Pope’s An Essay on Man. It specifically reuses the spider that ‘Feels at each thread, and lives along the line’ as an image to introduce a way of looking at the writing in Cicero’s oratory. The chapter also focuses on one speech, the Pro S. Roscio, which receives an unusual amount of comment in Cicero’s work from the forties. The discussion of passages may show, perhaps more than has been done before, how much is involved in reading Cicero. The greatest hope is that it may encourage people to read Cicero with no less intensity and sophistication than Latin poetry.

Keywords: Pope; spider; Cicero; writing; Essay on Man; Latin poetry; Pro S. Roscio

Chapter.  7814 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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