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Roman Oratory by Catherine Steel
Book DescriptionRecent scholarship has emphasised that ancient oratory was primarily a performance art. At Rome during the Republican period, public speaking was one of the most important ways in which politicians created support for themselves among the citizen body. The change of political system to a monarchy transformed the functions of oratory but left its importance as an elite skill intact. This New Survey offers an introduction to the topic, and the modern scholarship on it, which emphasises the fact that the occasions of speaking were prior to subsequent written texts. Without ignoring Cicero as the major surviving textual exemplar of a Roman orator, this book establishes a context for his achievement within the preoccupation with public speaking common to the Roman elite as a whole and considers what oratorical education and practice at Rome can say about wider norms of elite behaviour.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521687225
(228mm x 152mm x 5mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 29-Jun-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Community and Communication, Hardback (January 2013)» View all books by Catherine Steel
The volume looks at the role of oratory in Roman public life and marks a shift in the debate away from Cicero and the analysis of his oratory towards the ways in which speech could be used by politicians and the factors, such as audience, speaker personality, and opposition, which were used with oratory to make speakers successful or unsuccessful.
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Author Biography - Catherine Steel
Dr Steel read Greats at Oxford University(1991-1995) and did a doctorate there with Professor Michael Winterbottom (1995-1998, degree awarded 1999). She has taught at Glasgow since 1999, first as Lecturer in Classics and, from 2005, as Senior Lecturer and is a member of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies (on council 2001-2004), the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, the Classical Association, the Joint Association of Classical Teachers, the American Philological Association and the Higher Education Academy.
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