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Trials of Character: The Eloquence of Ciceronian Ethos

James M. May

Abstract

By its very nature, the art of oratory involves character. Verbal persuasion entails the presentation of a persona by the speaker that affects an audience for good or ill. This book explores the role and extent of Cicero's use of ethos and demonstrates its persuasive effect. The book discusses the importance of ethos, not just in classical rhetorical theory but also in the social, political, and judicial milieu of ancient Rome, and then applies his insights to the oratory of Cicero. Ciceronian ethos was a complex blend of Roman tradition, Cicero's own personality, and selected features of Gree ... More

Keywords: oratory, verbal persuasion, Cicero, ethos, classical rhetorical theory, ancient Rome, Greek oratory, Roman oratory, Ciceronian speech

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1988 Print ISBN-13: 9780807817599
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469616322.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James M. May, author