Eight new essays, from a distinguished international
cast, examine the techniques of Cicero's verbal aggression. Analysis
includes political and forensic context but also Cicero's own formal
theory of rhetoric and his debts to other genres, literary and dramatic.
The editor Joan Booth is Professor of Latin Language and Literature
at Leiden University in The Netherlands. She was formerly Reader in
Classics at the University of Wales, Swansea, and is author of A Commentary
on Ovid, Amores II.
Introduction: man and matter - Joan Booth
1. Invective and the orator: Ciceronian theory and practice - J.G.F.
2. Ciceronian invective: themes and variations - Robin Seager
3. The semantics and pragmatics of Ciceronian invective - Javier
4. Smear and spin: Ciceronian tactics in De Lege Agraria I - Keith
5. Name and shame? Invective against Clodius and others in the post-exile
speeches - Catherine Steel
6. Acting the part: techniques of the comic stage in Cicero's early
speeches - Byron Harries
7. Greek auxiliaries: tragedy and philosophy in Ciceronian invective
- Ingo Gildenhard
8. 'What a funny consul we have!' Cicero's dealings with Cato Uticensis
and prominent friends in opposition - Rogier L. van der Wal