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CLAS437 Cicero and Roman Oratory

Cicero’s speeches, their persuasive techniques, and the role of oratory in Roman society.

A 'new man' in Roman politics, Marcus Tullius Cicero made his name as an advocate in the Roman law courts. His defence speeches on behalf of politicians accused of murder and bribery give us fascinating insights into the violence and corruption of ancient Rome, as well as Cicero's oratorical skill as a lawyer.

Paper title Cicero and Roman Oratory
Paper code CLAS437
Subject Classical Studies
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2017
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,076.55
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,267.52

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Prerequisite
72 300-level CLAS, GREK or LATN points
Restriction
CLAS 337
Notes
Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
Contact
classics@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Lecturer: Professor Jon Hall
Textbooks
Cicero Defence Speeches trans. D. H. Berry (Oxford UP, 2008)
Course Reader
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • A knowledge of six of Cicero's speeches
  • An understanding of the political violence and corruption that lies behind these speeches
  • The ability to analyse the persuasive strategies in Cicero's speeches
  • The skills of effective written communication

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Timetable

Not offered in 2017

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Cicero’s speeches, their persuasive techniques, and the role of oratory in Roman society.

A 'new man' in Roman politics, Marcus Tullius Cicero made his name as an advocate in the Roman law courts. His defence speeches on behalf of politicians accused of murder and bribery give us fascinating insights into the violence and corruption of ancient Rome, as well as Cicero's oratorical skill as a lawyer.

Paper title Cicero and Roman Oratory
Paper code CLAS437
Subject Classical Studies
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,098.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,352.87

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Prerequisite
72 300-level CLAS, GREK or LATN points
Restriction
CLAS 337
Notes
Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
Paper Structure
Internal Assessment 50%
Contact
classics@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Lecturer: Professor Jon Hall
Textbooks
Cicero Defence Speeches trans. D.H. Berry (Oxford UP, 2008)
Cicero Political Speeches trans. D.H. Berry (Oxford UP, 2006)
Course Reader
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • A knowledge of ten of Cicero's speeches
  • An understanding of the political violence and corruption that lies behind these speeches
  • The ability to analyse the persuasive strategies in Cicero's speeches
  • The skills of effective written communication

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22
Wednesday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
T1 Thursday 12:00-12:50 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 21