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Making a New Man: Ciceronian Self-Fashioning in the Rhetorical Works

John Dugan

Abstract

This study investigates how Cicero (106-43 BCE) uses his major treatises on rhetorical theory (De oratore, Brutus, and Orator) in order to construct himself as a new entity within Roman cultural life: a leader who based his authority upon intellectual, oratorical, and literary accomplishments instead of the traditional avenues for prestige such as a distinguished familial pedigree or political or military feats. Eschewing conventional Roman notions of manliness, Cicero constructed a distinctly aesthetized identity that flirts with the questionable domains of the theatre and the feminine, and t ... More

Keywords: Cicero, rhetorical theory, De oratore, Brutus, Orator, Roman cultural life, aesthetized identity, theatre, femininity, new man

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199267804
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267804.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Dugan, author
Assistant Professor, Classics Department, State University of New York at Buffalo