Cicero’s Authority

Author: Goodwin, Jean
Title: Cicero’s Authority
Review/Collection: Philosophy and Rhetoric 34 (1)
Year edition: 2021
Pages: 38-60
Keywords: Éloquence - Eloquenza - Eloquence, Rhétorique - Retorica - Rhetorics
Description: I draw the transactions that form the basis for this study from the authorities on authority: the ancient Romans. In Cicero’s discourse, we have rich evidence of Roman authority in action: his attempts as a “new man” in politics to avoid the authority of established leaders, as well as his attempts as a senior statesman to assert his own authority. So, to rephrase again the question driving this  study:  Why  did  Cicero and  his citizen-auditors reasonably think bare words, when spoken by him, could compel judgment ? [Author]
Author initials: Goodwin 2001