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The hand of Cicero, Shane Butler

Label
The hand of Cicero
Title
The hand of Cicero
Statement of responsibility
Shane Butler
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The decapitation of Marcus Tullius Cicero has inspired horror and wonder since the event. Less attention, however, has been devoted to his second dismemberment: the severing of his right hand. But behind Mark Antony's order to bring back not only the orator's head but also the hand that had written the Phillippics lies a conflation of oratory and writing that merits explanation." "This book examines the relationship between Ciceronian oratory and the written word from several points of view. It is shown that the blurring of the distinction between writing and speech evident in Civero's violent end was, in fact, the work of Cicero himself and had begun early in his career, long before the writing of the Phillippics. The author argues that the major force behind Cicero's rise to fame as an orator was, paradoxically, his own ability to exploit Rome's growing dependence on the written word." "Framed as an investigation into the motive of Antony's crime, the book surveys Cicero's career from beginning to end and reveals, in vivid detail, a world often mired in written texts. Sure to raise questions about simplistic views of Rome as an 'oral society', Shane Butler's groundbreaking study also offers a fresh look at Cicero himself, struggling to turn skills born of his equestrian background into an enduring reputation for eloquence."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
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1970-
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Butler, Shane
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Speeches, addresses, etc., Latin
  • Transmission of texts
  • Written communication
  • Latin language
  • Orators
  • Authors, Latin
  • Rome
  • Cicero, Marcus Tullius
  • Cicero, Marcus Tullius
  • Antonius, Marcus
  • Cicero, Marcus Tullius
Label
The hand of Cicero, Shane Butler
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 152-157) and indexes
Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction: the hand (or hands) of Cicero.
  • p. 1
  • 1.
  • young Cicero, reading.
  • p. 4
  • 2.
  • Cicero takes a bath: an introduction to the prosecution of Verres.
  • p. 24
  • 3.
  • Multitudo litterarum: a catalogue of the written evidence against Verres.
  • p. 35
  • 4.
  • trial of Verres.
  • p. 61
  • 5.
  • Litterae manent: the publication of the Verrines.
  • p. 71
  • 6.
  • December 3, 63 BCE: convincing Rome of a conspiracy.
  • p. 85
  • 7.
  • hand of a secretary: writing after the Ides of March.
  • p. 103
  • Notes.
  • p. 124
  • Selected bibliography.
  • p. 152
  • Index locorum.
  • p. 158
  • Index.
  • p. 161
Control code
l30020755235
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
ix, 165 p.
Isbn
9780415251495
Lccn
2001048187
Other physical details
ill. , port.
Label
The hand of Cicero, Shane Butler
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 152-157) and indexes
Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction: the hand (or hands) of Cicero.
  • p. 1
  • 1.
  • young Cicero, reading.
  • p. 4
  • 2.
  • Cicero takes a bath: an introduction to the prosecution of Verres.
  • p. 24
  • 3.
  • Multitudo litterarum: a catalogue of the written evidence against Verres.
  • p. 35
  • 4.
  • trial of Verres.
  • p. 61
  • 5.
  • Litterae manent: the publication of the Verrines.
  • p. 71
  • 6.
  • December 3, 63 BCE: convincing Rome of a conspiracy.
  • p. 85
  • 7.
  • hand of a secretary: writing after the Ides of March.
  • p. 103
  • Notes.
  • p. 124
  • Selected bibliography.
  • p. 152
  • Index locorum.
  • p. 158
  • Index.
  • p. 161
Control code
l30020755235
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
ix, 165 p.
Isbn
9780415251495
Lccn
2001048187
Other physical details
ill. , port.

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