This volume is intended as a companion to the study of Cicero's oratory and rhetoric for both students and experts in the field: for the neophyte, it provides a starting point; for the veteran Ciceronian scholar, a place for renewing the dialogue about issues concerning Ciceronian oratory and rhetoric; for all, a site of engagement at various levels with Ciceronian scholarship and bibliography. The book is arranged along roughly chronological lines and covers most aspects of Cicero's oratory and rhetoric. The particular strength of this companion resides in the individual, often very original approach to sundry topics by an array of impressive contributors, all of whom have spent large portions of their careers concentrating upon the oratorical and rhetorical oeuvre of Cicero. A bibliography of relevant items from the past 25 years, keyed to specific Ciceronian works, completes the volume.
Brill's Companion to Cicero will become the standard reference work on Cicero for many years.
James M. May is Professor of Classics at St. Olaf College. He has published extensively on Ciceronian oratory and rhetoric, including
Trials of Character: The Eloquence of Ciceronian Ethos (North Carolina, 1988) and (with Jakob Wisse)
Cicero: On the Ideal Orator (Oxford, 2001).
The growth of interest in Ovid over the last half-century has prompted creation of various kinds of handbooks and companions to the great Roman poet, and Brill has produced one of the best…an intelligent and wll-coordinated collection of responses to the versatility of a scintillating poet.'
William S. Anderson,
New England Classical Journal, 2005.
In sum a useful and reliable volume…’
All those interested in ancient rhetoric and oratory, particularly Roman and Ciceronian oratory and rhetoric, as well as those interested in the influence of Ciceronian oratory on subsequent ages, including the Middle Ages and Renaissance.