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By Thomas Habinek

ISBN-10: 0631235140

ISBN-13: 9780631235149

This publication introduces readers to the traditional rhetorical culture by way of investigating key questions about the origins, nature and value of rhetoric. Explores the position of the orator, specially the 2 maximum figures of the culture, Demosthenes and Cicero Investigates where of rhetoric on the middle of historic schooling Considers the position of rhetoric because the finish of antiquity. features a thesaurus of right names and technical phrases; a chronological desk of political occasions, authors, orators, and rhetorical works; and proposals for additional studying.

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And he may well be right, at least in the sense that his efforts granted the republican form of government a temporary reprieve. His handling of the conspiracy also affected the rest of his career, as it led to his exile for the illegal execution of the citizen-conspirators without trial, consolidated a dangerous them-against-us dimension of his political worldview, and resonated in every aspect of his later oratorical career, where he was forced to explain, for example, his defense of a man purported to have been assigned by Catiline to assassinate Cicero, or of another who had close social and political connections with Catiline and his supporters.

Not, I submit, a straightforward transformation between republic and principate: for Tacitus accepts the possibility of an emperor who can speak competently on his own, about the dead as well as the living. But Nero’s reign marked the end of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, a collapse that led to yet another round of wildly destructive civil war. Rome recovered, and a succession of emperors of varying temperament and caliber followed. Now, in Tacitus’ own day, indeed, near the end of his days, since his work on Nero was the last work he wrote, a new emperor, Hadrian, has taken power.

Plato’s Socrates will describe such a process as flattery, assigning it an ethical or characterological dimension. But that seems to miss the more difficult problem that the tradition of Alcibiades lore is getting at: how does one get outside any system of discourse? How does one develop and maintain a sufficiently distinctive perspective to be able to contribute to the transformation of the city (or nation or society) without becoming too different to be heard? ” As I have tried to suggest, it is the orator who lives this struggle between immersion in the state and critique of it.

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