Cicero: De Oratore Book III

Cicero: De Oratore Book III

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 358 pages
  • 138 x 214 x 20mm | 480.81g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English, Latin
  • 0521596572
  • 9780521596572
  • 702,654

Review quote

" 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

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Table of contents

Introduction; De Oratore Book III; Commentary.

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About Marcus Tullius Cicero

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.

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