Cicero Refused to Die

Ciceronian Influence through the centuries


Cicero has indeed refused to die, despite the fact that he, in the year 43 BC, was savagely put to death, a preposterous event that brought an end to the long and illustrious career of a lawyer, politician, statesman, praetor, consul, and above all, intellectual, philosopher, writer. His works on The Ideal Orator, On Law, On Academic Life, On Supreme Good and Evil, The Nature of Gods, Foretelling the Future, Destiny, and Duties constituted the basis of a thorough study of Latin for many centuries of students. One might also, however, conclude that, with the virtual disappearance of Latin as a language that is commonly taught, Cicero might be seen to have suffered a second death; but this is by no means the case. This timely volume explores the many aspects of Ciceronian influence through the Middle Ages—and beyond—on education, literature, and legal training.
Contributors are Christopher S. Celenza, Frank Coulson, Nancy van Deusen, George L. Gorse, Michael Herren, Leonard Michael Koff, Valery Rees, Timothy A. Shonk, Terence Tunberg, and John O. Ward.
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Biographical Note

Nancy van Deusen, holds a Ph.D. in Musicology, Indiana University, Bloomington; is currently Professor of Musicology, Benezet Professor of the Humanities, Claremont Graduate University, and is Director of the Claremont Consortium in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Claremont Colleges and Graduate University. She has taught widely at Indiana University, the University of Basel, Switzerland, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Central European University, Budapest, and within the California State University system. She has received American Philosophical Society, numerous NEH, and Fulbright grants; and has published on music within the medieval city of Rome, music, liturgy, and institutional structure within the medieval cathedral milieu of Nevers, France, the medieval sequence within its Latin codicological and paleographical contexts, as well as its significance for the history of ideas; music as medieval science and within the curriculum of the early university.

Table of contents

List of Contributors … vii

Introduction: Cicero Refused to Die: Ciceronian Influence through the Centuries Ciceronian Influence through the Centuries // Nancy van Deusen …
1. Coluccio Salutati’s View of the History of the Latin Language // Christopher S. Celenza … 5
2. Reading the Classics in the Twelfth-Century Renaissance: New Manuscript Discoveries // Frank Coulson … 21
3. Cicero Redivivus Apud Scurras: Some Early Medieval Treatments of the Great Orator // Michael W. Herren … 39
4. Cicero through Quintilian’s Eyes in the Middle Ages // Nancy van Deusen … 47
5. Dreaming the Dream of Scipio // Leonard Michael Koff … 65
6. “For I Hadde Red of Affrycan Byforn,” Cicero’s Somnium Scipionis and Chaucer’s Early Dream Visions // Timothy A. Shonk … 85
7. Colloquia Familiaria: An Aspect of Ciceronianism Rediscovered // Terence Tunberg … 123
8. Ciceronian Echoes in Marsilio Ficino // Valery Rees … 41
9. Ciceronian Rhetoric and Oratory from St. Augustine to Guarino da Verona // John O. Ward … 163
10. Cicero’s Portrait and the Roman Villa // George L. Gorse … 197

List of Figure Locations … 209
Index … 211


This volume is of interest to upper-level undergraduates in classics, medieval studies, European history, but of particular interest to graduate students as well as those teaching and interested in classics, the history of education, medieval studies, the history of ideas.


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