Cicero’s Case Against Verres

Many of Cicero’s points are cleverly structured so as to provide the most convincing attack on Verres, for example when he discusses Verres’ behaviour in Aspendos he begins by describing how “nullum te Aspendi signum…reliquisse” (You have left no statue in Aspendos) which gives his audience a vague impression of Verres and his thieving habits … Read moreCicero’s Case Against Verres

Rhetorical Strategies of Identity-Construction in Juvenal’s Satire VI and Cicero’s Catiline Orations

In Satire VI and In Catilinam I and II, Juvenal and Cicero both make attacks on their enemies’ personal conduct to construct a Roman identity while appealing to “Roman values.” Their projects are indeed very similar; both raise questions of class, expressing fear at the way in which wealth and luxury are changing traditional values. … Read moreRhetorical Strategies of Identity-Construction in Juvenal’s Satire VI and Cicero’s Catiline Orations

How Clodius’ History Is Used to Blacken His Character in the ‘Pro Milone’

Despite the fact that the Cicero constructs his argument based on factual evidence of what took place during the time before the fight and during the fracas itself, we cannot deny the fact that Cicero does at times use Clodius’ past actions to aid his desired acquittal of Milo. Although not his predominant argument, this … Read moreHow Clodius’ History Is Used to Blacken His Character in the ‘Pro Milone’