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Ancient Historiography and its ContextsStudies in Honour of A. J. Woodman$
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Christina S. Kraus, John Marincola, and Christopher Pelling

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199558681

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558681.001.0001

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Romani ueteres atque urbani sales: A Note on Cicero De Oratore 2.262 and Lucilius 173M

Romani ueteres atque urbani sales: A Note on Cicero De Oratore 2.262 and Lucilius 173M

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(p.87) 5 Romani ueteres atque urbani sales: A Note on Cicero De Oratore 2.262 and Lucilius 173M
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Ancient Historiography and its Contexts
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Anna Chahoud

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558681.003.0006

This chapter examines how Cicero shaped his oratorical persona through the deployment of precise verbal devices (especially diminutives and irony), re-configuring his champions of the past by combining different aspects of their humour so as to construct a unified model of verbal wit that owes much to the tradition of satire at Rome, particularly to the voice of Lucilius. The orator could not adopt wholesale the conventions or persona of the satirist, however. Cicero's self-construction modulates political invective in accordance with the dignitas and auctoritas appropriate to the orator, and with the elegantia and wit of the urbane contemporary Roman.

Keywords:   diminutives, humour, wit, elegantia, Cicero, Lucilius, satire, irony, invective, dignitas

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