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- Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Format: Paperback | 358 pages
- Language: English / Latin
- Dimensions: 138mm x 214mm x 20mm | 481g
- Publication date: 25 April 2011
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge
- ISBN 10: 0521596572
- ISBN 13: 9780521596572
- Sales rank: 840,808
Cicero's De Oratore is one of the masterpieces of Latin prose. A literary dialogue in the Greek tradition, it was written in 55 BCE in the midst of political turmoil at Rome, but reports a discussion 'concerning the (ideal) orator' that supposedly took place in 90 BCE, just before an earlier crisis. Cicero features eminent orators and statesmen of the past as participants in this discussion, presenting competing views on many topics. This edition of Book III is the first since 1893 to provide a Latin text and full introduction and commentary in English. It is intended to help advanced students and others interested in Roman literature to comprehend the grammar and appreciate the stylistic nuances of Cicero's Latin, to trace the historical, literary, and theoretical background of the topics addressed, and to interpret Book III in relation to the rest of De Oratore and to Cicero's other works.
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David Mankin is Associate Professor of Classics at Cornell University, New York, where he teaches Latin language and literature, Greek epic and mythology, and Roman civilization. He has published articles and reviews on Roman Republican and Augustan literature and history, and is the author of Horace: Epodes (1995) in the same series.
"...it should be stated emphatically that this is a most welcome addition to the green-and-yellow series. I expect to return to it again and again for help in interpreting this difficult text." ---BMCR
Table of contents
Introduction; De Oratore Book III; Commentary.