Ciceronian Invective

Autore: Corbeill, Anthony
Titolo: Ciceronian Invective
Rivista/Miscellanea: in : Brill´s companion to Cicero : oratory and rhetoric / edited by James M. May, Brill, 2002
Luogo edizione: Leiden ; Boston; Köln
Editore: Brill
Anno edizione: 2002
Pagine: 197-218
Parole chiave: Éloquence - Eloquenza - Eloquence, Histoire - Storia - History, Rhétorique - Retorica - Rhetorics
Descrizione: As a Roman using words to defend a client, attack an enemy, or shape state policy, Cicero is concerned with promoting his own public persona (ethos), and with identifying that persona with the needs and desires of the community. It is notable that the orator employs his most angry invective at those key points in his career at which he needs to shape new aspects of his public identity: as a righteous young prosecutor (Against Verres), as an elected head of state (Against Catiline; On the Agrarian Law), as a former exile reestablishing author- ity (Against Vatinius; Against Piso ), and as an elder statesman exercis ing that authority for the last time (Philippics ). Although Cicero tended to act in defense of clients in the majority of his extant speeches, invective nevertheless punctuates his corpus at crucial moments as a way of establishing credibility in opposition to his opponents and their supporters.
Sigla autore: Corbeill 2002 b