Bede and Cicero

Author: Ray, Roger
Title: Bede and Cicero
Review/Collection: Anglo-Saxon England 16
Year edition: 1987
Pages: 1–15
Keywords: Héritage - Fortuna - Legacy
Description: A great weight of authority supports the view that Bede was averse to pagan rhetoric and had never read anything of its formative literature. I have briefly questioned this opinion elsewhere, and should like now to investigate it more fully. The evidence, of Bede's biblical commentaries in particular, suggests first, that his attitude toward Roman rhetoric was ambivalent, as was that of Augustine and Cicero; secondly, that his knowledge of it reached into the theory of invention; and finally, that he had access to Cicero's De inventione. [Author]
Author initials: Ray 1987