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Cicero's Style: A Synopsis by Michael Von Albrecht

By Michael Von Albrecht

This learn of Cicero's sort discusses variations of literary genres, nuances of favor inside person works, and chronological improvement, via an account of fastened parts standard of Cicero's diction. ultimately, chosen interpretative experiences reveal the connection of favor and context within the orations, with detailed regard to literary shape and political or ethical content material. The publication concludes with an Epilogue at the "De oratore" and the tradition of speech, opposite to inveterate prejudices, Cicero doesn't confine himself to a unmarried (so-called "Ciceronian") type, yet consciously and ably employs the total sign in of types. the writer issues out in what respects a learn of his type could be worthwhile even at the present time.

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92 Preiswerk, De inventione. 93 A different view is held by Schoenberger, Beispiele 46. D. Berry, Commentary, does not address this problem directly, on Cicero referring to Hortensius’ previous plea, p. 17; on omission of narratio if detrimental to the client, p. 43. VON ALBRECH_f3-10-77 3/26/03 12:57 PM Page 27  :  27 sider the orator’s real situation before mechanically applying rhetor­ ical or generic categories. P T Philosophical Treatises94 Compared to Other Genres In phonetics and accidence the philosophical writings are quite reg­ ular.

15 poenire. 97 Marouzeau, ‘Formation’ 269; cf. also Marouzeau I 279–280. 95 VON ALBRECH_f3-10-77 3/26/03 12:57 PM Page 28 :    28 Cicero’s time, all the more as Augustus still gives preference to this form. 98 More than 5000 words form the basic vocabulary of both the ora­ tions and the treatises. In addition, each group has no more than 2000 words of its own. What is more, the 5000 words they have in common are at the same time the most frequently occurring ones. 99 Other differences have their roots in chronology: ilico (‘at once’) is absent from the philosophical writings, but at that time Cicero had given up this word in his orations as well (the last occurrence is in the Pro Murena 10.

Pathos: an orator’s appeal to strong emotions (anger or pity). 84 Laurand 3, 269. 85 Oksala 78 with reference to Cicero, De Officiis 2. 10. 35. 86 For differences according to audience and genre, see Mack, above, p. 21. 87 Zielinski, ‘Rhythmus’ 69 recognizes the special position, as far as rhythm is concerned, of the 4th Philippic, but neglects the fact that this is a public oration. 90 The same is true of irony, a sophisticated stylistic feature which would be wasted on an uneducated public. Tellingly, the only vulgar expression found in the 6th Philippic (a public oration) is an interruption coming from the audience (6.

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