Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Creative EloquenceThe Construction of Reality in Cicero's Speeches$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Ingo Gildenhard

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199291557

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291557.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 11 December 2019

Definition and the Politics of Truth

Definition and the Politics of Truth

Chapter:
(p.141) 5 Definition and the Politics of Truth
Source:
Creative Eloquence
Author(s):

Ingo Gildenhard

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291557.003.0006

This chapter focuses on two techniques that Cicero used to gain an (often counterintuitive) purchase on reality: definition and the rhetoric of truth. After general reflections on the correlation between civic bloodshed and semantic strife, the chapter concentrates on two particularly striking instances of semantic reinvention in Cicero's speeches, i.e. his conception of optimates in the pro Sestio; and his onslaught on Antony's (constitutional) self and identity in the Philippics. The final section considers how Cicero wields the attribute verus (and various opposites) to split reality in two and effect a chiastic reversal of seeming and being: constitutional facts and prevalent norms and values are consigned to a world of falsehood, whereas his own, idiosyncratic views acquire definitive ontological substance.

Keywords:   antony, civil war, definition, identity, optimates, philippics, pro Sestio, rhetoric, truth

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .