Bilingualism in Cicero? : the evidence of code-switching

Auteur: Swain, Simon C. R.
Titre: Bilingualism in Cicero? : the evidence of code-switching
Revue/Collection: in: Adams, James N. & Janse, Mark & Swain, Simon C. R. (Ed.), Bilingualism in ancient society: language contact and the written text
Lieu èdition: Oxford & New York
Éditeur: Oxford University Press
Annèe edition: 2002
Pages: 128-167
Mots-clès: Histoire - Storia - History, Stylistique et genres littéraires - Stilistica e generi letterari - Stylistics and literary genre
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Description: [Swain, Simon C. R.] [Abstract] This chapter explores the problem of Roman Latin-Greek bilingualism in the Late Republic. There is an abundance of evidence to show that Romans at this time knew classical Greek literature well enough. Some of them, like Cicero, knew key parts of it extremely well. Cicero himself was able to compose Greek prose and verse and to deliver set speeches in Greek before a Greek audience. No one would deny that he could speak Greek well. It is a commonly held view that Cicero’s peers were fluent in Greek and regularly used it in conversation with each other. There are, however, no grounds for the latter belief. This chapter places Cicero’s choices against the general background and function of bilingualism in Rome.
Sigle auteur: Swain 2002