G. La Bua, Cicero and Roman Education

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Giuseppe La Bua, Cicero and Roman Education. The Reception of the Speeches and Ancient Scholarship, Cambridge, 2019.

Éditeur : Cambridge University Press
406 pages
ISBN : 9781107068582
90 £


Cicero saw publication as a means of perpetuating a distinctive image of himself as statesman and orator. He memorialized his spiritual and oratorical self by means of a very solid body of texts. Educationalists and schoolteachers in antiquity relied on Cicero's oratory to supervise the growth of the young into intellectual maturity. By reconstructing the main phases of textual transmission, from the first authorial dissemination of the speeches to the medieval manuscripts, and by re-examining the abundant evidence on Ciceronian scholarship from the first to the sixth century CE, Cicero and Roman Education traces the history of the exegetical tradition on Cicero's oratory and re-assesses the 'didactic' function of the speeches, whose preservation was largely determined by pedagogical factors.

1. Cicero presents himself: writing, revision and publication of the speeches
2. Beyond the author: Cicero's speeches from publication to the medieval manuscripts
3. Between praise and blame: Ciceronian scholarship from the early Empire to Late Antiquity
4. Teaching Cicero.


Source : Cambridge University Press


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