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CLAS337 Murder and Corruption in Ciceronian Rome

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.

Paper title Murder and Corruption in Ciceronian Rome
Paper code CLAS337
Subject Classical Studies
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023, expected to be offered in 2024 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
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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)
Course reader
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

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Not offered in 2023, expected to be offered in 2024

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system