The Roman Use of Anecdotes in Cicero, Livy, & the Satirists

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II
CICERO'S ART OF NARRATION

CICERO in his rhetorical writings makes the orator's three functions to teach, to delight, to persuade, docere, delectare, flectere. These he must exercise by a sure mastery of three different styles of speech, the grand, the intermediate, the plain, and by a skillful employment of them and of the figures which are the ornaments of oratory, the lumina verborum et sententlarum. Throughout each speech, the orator must have his mind on his audience and consider what the ancients called άΘοç and πάΘοç in his relation to his hearers. The idea of άΘοç includes all that bears on man's character and conduct as a member of a social group and 'man' here must refer to both speaker and hearer. ΠάΘοç embraces all the emotion aroused in the audience by the speaker.1 It is important to remember all these generalizations about the ideal orator because Cicero's theory illumines his technique in every part of his writing, even in his anecdotes.

From the vast storehouse of Cicero's works, from the variety of types of literature employed by him (letters, orations, dialogues, rhetorical and philosophical treatises) I have selected illustrations which seem to show the art of his narration from the simplest anecdote of a few lines to the long stories which might be called novelle and were indeed written as fiction.

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Cic. Orator and de Oratore, passim.

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The Roman Use of Anecdotes in Cicero, Livy, & the Satirists
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • I - The Art of Writing Anecdotes 1
  • II - Cicero's Art of Narration 10
  • III - History from Exempla: Livy's Use of Anecdotes 37
  • IV - Horace as a Raconteur 79
  • V - The Anecdotes of a Fabulist: Phaedrus 95
  • VI - Martial and the Anecdotal Epigram 120
  • VII - The Anecdotes of a Stoic: Young Persius 140
  • VIII- The Bitter Stories of The Satiristal 156
  • IX - Retrospect 177
  • Index 183
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