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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Cicero and Roman Oratory
    Subject Classical Studies
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
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    72 300-level CLAS, GREK or LATN points
    CLAS 337
    Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
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    Paper Structure
    Internal Assessment 50%
    Cicero Defence Speeches trans. D.H. Berry (Oxford UP, 2008)
    Cicero Political Speeches trans. D.H. Berry (Oxford UP, 2006)
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    Scholarship, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will have:

    • 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


    Not offered in 2023

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    This paper is taught On Campus
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