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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|Murder and Corruption in Ciceronian Rome
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- 18 200-level CLAS, GREK or LATN points
- CLAS 437
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- Internal Assessment 40%
- Cicero Defence Speeches trans. D. H. Berry (Oxford UP, 2008)
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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