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    Exploration of the violent and corrupt politics of the Late Roman Republic through an examination of Cicero's speeches in the senate and law courts.

    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.

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    Paper title Murder and Corruption in Ciceronian Rome
    Subject Classical Studies
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2023, expected to be offered in 2024 (On campus)
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    18 200-level CLAS, GREK or LATN points
    CLAS 437
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
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    Lecturer: To be confirmed

    Paper Structure
    Internal Assessment 40%
    Cicero Defence Speeches trans. D. H. Berry (Oxford UP, 2008)
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    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Scholarship, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will have

    • 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


    Not offered in 2023, expected to be offered in 2024

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    This paper is taught On Campus
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