Your Writings or Your Life: Cicero’s Philippics and Declamation

Autore: Wilson, Marcus
Titolo: Your Writings or Your Life: Cicero’s Philippics and Declamation
Rivista/Miscellanea: In : Stevenson,Tom & Wilson, Marcus (Eds.), Cicero's Philippics: History, rhetoric and ideology, Polygraphia, coll. "Prudentia", Auckland, 2008, 374 p.
Anno edizione: 2008
Pagine: 305-334
Parole chiave: Éloquence - Eloquenza - Eloquence, Politique - Politica - Politics, Rhétorique - Retorica - Rhetorics
Descrizione: The subsequent reputation of the Philippics is the subject of Marcus Wilson’s paper. He notes especially how they influenced perceptions of Cicero’ political stance and authority in declamation and a line of imperial writers, a fact which speaks to their lasting importance for the sensibilities of the Principate. The speeches carried the power to preserve and reinforce fundamental republican values at a time of pressure for their abandonment. We might contemplate not only future emperors but future Roman orators, historians and philosophers listening to the ideas expressed in the Philippics and assimilating their fundamental importance for aristocratic identity and status at Rome. In the end, it seems that the reputation and influence of the Philippics in both political and literary terms after Cicero’ death was very great. [Stevenson & Wilson 2008, 20]
Sigla autore: Wilson 2008