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Oxford Approaches to Classical Literature

Cicero's Catilinarians

D. H. Berry

Cicero's Catilinarians

Oxford Approaches to Classical Literature

Cicero's Catilinarians

Oxford Approaches to Classical Literature: Cicero's Catilinarians

 

In this, the first book-length discussion of Cicero's Catilinarians, D. H. Berry considers how the speeches should be interpreted as literature. Can we treat them as representing what Cicero actually said?


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The Catilinarians are a set of four speeches that Cicero, while consul in 63 BC, delivered before the senate and the Roman people against the conspirator Catiline and his followers. Or are they? Cicero did not publish the speeches until three years later, and he substantially revised them before publication, rewriting some passages and adding others, all with the aim of justifying the action he had taken against the conspirators and memorializing his own
role in the suppression of the conspiracy. How, then, should we interpret these speeches as literature? Can we treat them as representing what Cicero actually said? Or do we have to read them merely as political pamphlets from a later time? In this, the first book-length discussion of these famous speeches, D.
H. Berry clarifies what the speeches actually are and explains how he believes we should approach them. In addition, the book contains a full and up-to-date account of the Catilinarian conspiracy and a survey of the influence that the story of Catiline has had on writers such as Sallust and Virgil, Ben Jonson and Henrik Ibsen, from antiquity to the present day.


ISBN
9780195326468
Pagina's
288
Verschenen
Serie
Oxford Approaches to Classical Literature
NUR
309
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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