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Cicero the Advocate

Jonathan Powell and Jeremy Paterson


This book considers Cicero's forensic speeches as acts of advocacy, that is, designed to ensure that the person he represents is acquitted or that the person he is prosecuting is found guilty. It sets the speeches within the context of the court system of the Late Roman Republic and explores the strategies available to Roman advocates to win the votes of jurors. The book deals with issues concerning the general nature of advocacy, the court system in ancient Rome as compared with other ancient and modern systems, the Roman ‘profession’ of advocacy and its etiquette, the place of advocacy in Ci ... More

Keywords: Cicero, forensic speeches, advocacy, court system, rhetoric, legal arguments, ancient Rome, citizenship rights, violent dispossession, religious law

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Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780198152804
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198152804.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Powell, editor
Professor of Latin, Royal Holloway, University of London
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Jeremy Paterson, editor
Senior Lecturer in Ancient History, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
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