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Tacitus : Dialogus de oratoribus - Cornelius Tacitus


Dialogus de oratoribus

Paperback Published: 31st July 2001
ISBN: 9780521469968
Number Of Pages: 227

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Tacitus' Dialogus de Oratoribus is his most neglected work - there has not been an English-language commentary in over a century - and yet it is arguably his most original. Although among his earliest writings it shows complete mastery of the dialogue from and of Ciceronian idiom. It makes an original contribution to the continuing first-century AD debate about the role of oratory in Rome under the Principate, and raises the question of what a man can do to secure lasting renown. This edition contains a substantial introduction discussing such matters as the place of the work in the author's oeuvre, its style and layout. The commentary is designed to explain not only the language, and its subtle reformation of the Ciceronian idiom, but also the large issues mentioned about the decline of oratory, and the best career for a man to follow.

'... a welcome introduction and commentary on the least studied Tacitean writing, the Dialogus de oratoribus.' Acta Philologica Fennica '... the best text yet produced of the Dialogus.' Scholia '... the commentary is a most elegant piece of work ...'. Journal of Roman Studies

The background
Tacitus career
The Agricola
The state of oratory
The Dialogus
Date of composition
The style of the work
The lay-out of the Dialogus
Characters and characterization
The transmission of the text
Corneli Taciti Dialogvs De Oratoribvs
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ISBN: 9780521469968
ISBN-10: 0521469961
Series: Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: Latin
Number Of Pages: 227
Published: 31st July 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 18.49 x 16.74  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.25