LAT 383 • Roman Oratory
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
We will survey Roman oratory from its earliest recorded forms to the end of the first century A.D. Naturally, we will focus on Cicero, but will also treat other Republican orators preserved in fragments, the declaimers, and Pliny the Younger. Topics to be covered include: self-fashioning, audience expectations, the canonical types of oratory, oratory and texuality, the "rise and fall" of oratory, and oratory and the law.
Cicero, Orationes (vol. 1) Oxford University Press Cicero, Orationes (vol. 4) OUP Seneca the Elder, Declamations (vol. 1) Harvard University Press