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Persuasive Language in Cicero's Pro Milone: A close reading and commentary

By: Fotheringham, Lynn S.

Part of the Open access titles series
1905670486 / 9781905670482
Paperback / softback
875.01
02/12/2013
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United Kingdom
170 x 244 mm 520 pages
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This innovative approach to Cicero's persuasive language analyses the style and structure of one of his important speeches in more detail than has ever been done before. It applies ideas from modern linguistics (sentential topic, lexical patterning, interactional discourse), and explores the possibilities and limitations of quantitative analysis, made easier by modern computing power, in the areas of syntax and vocabulary. The result is a reading of the Pro Milone as a unified text, whether aimed at persuading the jury to acquit Milo or at persuading a wider audience that Milo should have been acquitted.

This reading not only contributes to our understanding of late republican discourse, but also suggests a new methodology for using the study of language and style to illuminate literary/historical aspects of texts.

BIC:

DS Literature: history & criticism, HBLA1 Classical history / classical civilisation

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