Iudicium docti indoctique

Author: Bolonyai, Gábor
Title: Iudicium docti indoctique
Review/Collection: "Acta Antiqua Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae", 34
Place edition: Budapest
Editor: Akadémiai Kiadó
Year edition: 1993
Pages: 103-137
Keywords: Religion - Religione - Religion, Rhétorique - Retorica - Rhetorics, Stylistique et genres littéraires - Stilistica e generi letterari - Stylistics and literary genre
Description: [L'Année philologique] [Comment] The different judgements on Roman orators of previous generations by the experts and by the lay audience. The excursus in Brutus, 183-200 : Cicero's main point. The differing judgements on artists by experts and laymen. Differing judgements on Greek orators and the Greek tradition of rhetoric. In the Brutus Cicero definitely asserts the primacy of a lay audience and refuses to accept any pattern of an élite of connoisseurs. He puts the question on a theoretical level, but his answer shows that he is fully aware of the vital role the lay audience has in helping the orator create his speech. He also conveys a lesson for a contemporary orator on how to orientate himself. So, more than Cicero's controversy with the atticists is at stake.
Author initials: Bolonyai 1993