Divided Audience and Figured Speech in Cicero’s Pro Balbo

Auteur: Kenty, Joanna
Titre: Divided Audience and Figured Speech in Cicero’s Pro Balbo
Revue/Collection: "American Journal of Philology", 142, 1
Éditeur: Johns Hopkins University Press
Annèe edition: 2021
Pages: 67-101
Mots-clès: Éloquence - Eloquenza - Eloquence, Politique - Politica - Politics, Rhétorique - Retorica - Rhetorics
Description: [Kenty, Joanna][Abstract] Ancient rhetorical theorists described figured speech (oratio figurata) as a strategy for expressing criticism safely, through a screen of ambiguity. I argue that Cicero's Pro Balbo can be read as figured, communicating criticism of Pompey. Cicero's panegyric to Pompey in this speech would have appeared to be factually accurate and commendable to pro-Pompeian members of the audience, but factually wrong or even insincere to anti-Pompeians. Multiple readings of Cicero's intentions are latent as possible interpretations of the speech because of political divisions and divergent prejudices at the time of its delivery.
Liens: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/787551
Sigle auteur: Kenty 2021