Tag Archive | Cicero

Adversaries and Authorities

Purely uncritical moment: This was an amazing book. I appreciate how Lloyd enacts his comparison between Chinese and Greek science by addressing what are surface or “apparent” differences and then complicating that with details that may go against the common assumptions. It reminded me of the argument by Hall and Ames in Anticipating China, as […]

The Glib, the Eloquent, and the Appropriate

There are many ways that I could approach The Analects of Confucius but given that we have been speaking of rhetorics cross-culturally and that I have read different analyses of this text as either supporting or condemning (at least some definitions of) rhetoric, I found myself paying particular attention to aspects of this text that […]

Giving Beothius a little Ars dictiminus

We send you greetings, Boethius, born of fine Roman heritage and bless’d by Peter, John, and Mary (et. al) and beseech you to reconsider your position on the subordination of rhetoric to dialectic. Further, we urge you to examine your not fully developed (nor perhaps transcribed…?) treatment of Cicero’s three purposes of rhetoric, for though […]

Augustine and the Sacred Orator

“It is necessary, therefore, that the sacred orator, when urging that something be done, should not only teach in order to instruct, and please in order to hold, but also move in order to win” (467). For Augustine, the ideal rhetor is comprised of this notion of the “sacred orator,” the speaker who speaks the […]

Rhetorica ad Herennium, Quintilian, and Cicero Walk Into a Bar….

“It is not surprising, then, to find that instruction in writing and speaking in Rome should have become as systematic as other elements in the society” (Murphy 37).   The works from Roman rhetoricians demonstrate the systematic treatment of rhetoric within a framework of institutional education discussed by James Murphy in his chapter on Roman […]

Cicero, Eloquence, and the Practicality of Rhetoric

Definitions:  Eloquence – The idea of eloquence is central to Cicero’s discourse on rhetoric, with various theories offered as to the nature of eloquence, whether or not it is possible to teach or copy, or if it is something with which one is born. Modern definitions point toward the concept of eloquence as being powerful, […]