By C. E. W. Steel

ISBN-10: 0199248478

ISBN-13: 9780199248476

This learn of Cicero's political oratory and Roman imperialism within the overdue Republic bargains new readings of ignored speeches. C.E.W. metal examines the function and capacities of political oratory and places Cicero's perspective to empire, with its boundaries and weaknesses, within the context of wider debates between his contemporaries at the difficulties of empire.

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3. 156): ‘Timarchides is making a serious mistake here, both in thinking that Volteius is venal and that Metellus’ administration is under the control of any one person. ’48 Ludibundos is the key term. Timarchides used it in his letter, where it seems to be used adverbially to mean so part of the letter is omitted, probably because Cicero did not want to repeat lewd suggestions about the younger Metellus. 47 Cf. Cicero’s letter to his brother on how to govern Asia (ad Q. fr. 1. 1). ‘hic uehementer errat Timarchides, qui aut Volteium pecunia corrumpi putet posse, aut Metellum unius arbitratu gerere praeturam, sed errat coniectura domestica.

J. ), Cicero the Advocate (Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, forthcoming), on Verrines 2. 1. 63–85. A. Haury, L’Ironie et l’humour chez Cicéron (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1955), 117–22, summarizes Cicero’s use of humour and irony in the speeches. 6 For a summary of the historical background, see R. Seager, ‘The Rise of Pompey’, CAH 9, 2nd edn. (1994), 208–28, 221–3. 7 quid agam, iudices? quo accusationis meae rationem conferam? 10 He begins by explaining, and dismissing, what Verres is said to have done to deal with the danger of a slave revolt, and then turns to a more general description of Verres as a military commander (2.

1994), 208–28, 221–3. 7 quid agam, iudices? quo accusationis meae rationem conferam? 10 He begins by explaining, and dismissing, what Verres is said to have done to deal with the danger of a slave revolt, and then turns to a more general description of Verres as a military commander (2. 5. 25–31). On the basis of his response to the slave menace, the jury can see for themselves Verres’ ‘judgement, care, and alertness’, and Cicero then turns to consider what overall type of general Verres is. His qualities are not those of famous generals of the past (2.

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