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Creative eloquence : the construction of reality in Cicero's speeches

Author: Ingo Gildenhard
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.
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"In this ... study of Cicero's orations, Ingo Gildenhard argues that a distinctive hallmark of his oratory is a conceptual creativity that one may loosely characterize as philosophical. It manifests itself in striking and original views on human beings and being human, politics, society and culture, and the sphere of the supernatural. After an introduction addressing questions of method, Gildenhard focuses, in turn,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Marcus Tullius Cicero; Marcus Tullius Cicero; Marcus Tullius Cicero; Marcus Tullius Cicero; Marcus Tullius Cicero; Marcus Tullius Cicero
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ingo Gildenhard
ISBN: 9780199291557 0199291551
OCLC Number: 690486144
Description: vii, 454 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : Cicero's philosophical oratory --
Anthropology. Introduction : Ethopoiea and anthropopoiesis ; Being human ; Human beings ; The good, the bad, and the in-between ; Mental states --
Sociology. Introduction : imagining community. Definition and the politics of truth ; Laws and justice ; Civilization and its discontents ; Coping with Caesar --
Theology. Introduction : Rome's civic religion. Ontological elevation and divine favouritism ; Cicero's theodicy ; Tyranny and the divine ; Life after death ; Conclusion.
Responsibility: by Ingo Gildenhard.
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A study of the orations of the Roman statesman Cicero (106-43 BC). Ingo Gildenhard does not treat them simply as models of eloquence, as previous critics have done, but as repositories for Cicero's  Read more...

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