The Cambridge Companion to Cicero

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Cicero was one of classical antiquity's most prolific, varied and self-revealing authors. His letters, speeches, treatises and poetry chart a political career marked by personal struggle and failure and the collapse of the republican system of government to which he was intellectually and emotionally committed. They were read, studied and imitated throughout antiquity and subsequently became seminal texts in political theory and in the reception and study of the Classics. This Companion discusses the whole range ...

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Overview

Cicero was one of classical antiquity's most prolific, varied and self-revealing authors. His letters, speeches, treatises and poetry chart a political career marked by personal struggle and failure and the collapse of the republican system of government to which he was intellectually and emotionally committed. They were read, studied and imitated throughout antiquity and subsequently became seminal texts in political theory and in the reception and study of the Classics. This Companion discusses the whole range of Cicero's writings, with particular emphasis on their links with the literary culture of the late Republic, their significance to Cicero's public career and their reception in later periods.

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'A brisk and business-like guide.' The Times Literary Supplement
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Catherine Steel is Professor of Classics at the University of Glasgow. She has written extensively on Roman oratory, Cicero and political life in the Republic, including Cicero, Rhetoric, and Empire (2002), Reading Cicero: Genre and Performance in Late Republican Rome (2005) and Roman Oratory (2006).

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Table of Contents

Introduction Catherine Steel; Part I. The Greco-Roman Intellectual: 1. Cicero and the intellectual milieu of the late Republic Anthony Corbeill; 2. Cicero's rhetorical theory John Dugan; 3. Cicero's style J. G. F. Powell; 4. Writing philosophy Malcolm Schofield; 5. Cicero's poetry Emma Gee; 6. The law in Cicero's writings Jill Harries; 7. Cicero and Roman identity Emma Dench; Part II. The Roman Politician: 8. The political impact of Cicero's speeches Ann Vasaly; 9. Cicero, oratory, and public life Catherine Steel; 10. Cicero, tradition, and performance Andrew Bell; 11. Political philosophy James E. G. Zetzel; 12. Writer and addressee in Cicero's letters Ruth Morello; 13. Saviour of the Republic and Father of the Fatherland: Cicero and political crisis Jon Hall; Part III. Receptions of Cicero: 14. Tully's boat: responses to Cicero in the imperial period Alain M. Gowing; 15. Cicero in late antiquity Sabine MacCormack; 16. Cicero in the Renaissance David Marsh; 17. Cicero during the Enlightenment Matthew Fox; 18. Nineteenth-century Ciceros Nicholas P. Cole; 19. Twentieth/twenty-first-century Cicero(s) Lynn S. Fotheringham.

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