Tacitus: Dialogus De Oratoribus

Tacitus: Dialogus De Oratoribus

Paperback Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics

By (author) Cornelius Tacitus, Edited by Roland Mayer

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 122mm x 180mm x 16mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 28 May 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521469961
  • ISBN 13: 9780521469968
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,297,094

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Tacitus' Dialogus de Oratoribus is his most neglected work - there has not been an English-language commentary in over a century - and yet it is arguably his most original. Although among his earliest writings it shows complete mastery of the dialogue from and of Ciceronian idiom. It makes an original contribution to the continuing first-century AD debate about the role of oratory in Rome under the Principate, and raises the question of what a man can do to secure lasting renown. This edition contains a substantial introduction discussing such matters as the place of the work in the author's oeuvre, its style and layout. The commentary is designed to explain not only the language, and its subtle reformation of the Ciceronian idiom, but also the large issues mentioned about the decline of oratory, and the best career for a man to follow.

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'... a welcome introduction and commentary on the least studied Tacitean writing, the Dialogus de oratoribus.' Acta Philologica Fennica '... the best text yet produced of the Dialogus.' Scholia '... the commentary is a most elegant piece of work ...'. Journal of Roman Studies

Table of contents

Introduction: 1. The background; 2. Tacitus' career; 3. The Agricola; 4. Fame; 5. The state of oratory; 6. The Dialogus; 7. Authenticity; 8. Date of composition; 9. The style of the work; 10. The lay-out of the Dialogus; 11. Characters and characterization; 12. The transmission of the text; CORNELI TACITI DIALOGVS DE ORATORIBVS; Commentary.