By Michael Von Albrecht
This research of Cicero's kind discusses adjustments of literary genres, nuances of fashion inside person works, and chronological improvement, through an account of mounted components average of Cicero's diction. ultimately, chosen interpretative stories show the connection of favor and context within the orations, with exact regard to literary shape and political or ethical content material. The ebook concludes with an Epilogue at the "De oratore" and the tradition of speech, opposite to inveterate prejudices, Cicero doesn't confine himself to a unmarried (so-called "Ciceronian") type, yet consciously and ably employs the whole check in of kinds. the writer issues out in what respects a research of his type could be lucrative even this present day.
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8), which should be a singular (third person); cf. also Jordan 225–250; cf. also Wilhelms 458–459. 96 3. 4. 10 coeret compared with 3. 3. 7 curatores; 2. 9. 22 loedis compared with 3. 3. 7 ludorumque; cf. also De Re Publica 3. 9. 15 poenire. 97 Marouzeau, ‘Formation’ 269; cf. also Marouzeau I 279–280. 95 VON ALBRECH_f3-10-77 3/26/03 12:57 PM Page 28 : 28 Cicero’s time, all the more as Augustus still gives preference to this form. 98 More than 5000 words form the basic vocabulary of both the ora tions and the treatises.
Two of those are judicial orations. The Pro Rabirio Perduellionis Reo, which is on high treason, is written in the grand style ( genus sublime); the prin cipal aim of this style is to move the audience (movere), and Demosthenes is its greatest model. An example of the middle style ( genus medium) is Cicero’s De Imperio Cn. Pompei, a political oration which largely develops his idea of a perfect general; the chief purpose of the mid dle style is to please the audience (delectare), and its main represen tative is Isocrates.
On the other hand, some passages of the treatises with their elevated style are stylistic ally between the orations and the poetic works. However, Cicero is moderate and discerning in his stylistic choices; diﬀerences of style are limited to very subtle nuances. Yet, poetic and colloquial inﬂuences cannot always be clearly distinguished from each other, since poetic 149 150 151 Fischer. Kilb. Laurand 84. VON ALBRECH_f3-10-77 3/26/03 12:57 PM Page 37 : 37 diction and spoken language have many features in common, free use of colourful metaphors, for example.