Beauty's Heartbeat: Ornamentation and Sentence-Length in Cicero's Ninth Philippic Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Paterson, Cameron
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Classics
  • To persuade the senators that he is speaking sincerely, to please their ears with proportioned and balanced sentences, to impress them with praises of Sulpicius, whose virtues he wants memorialized by a statue, to impress them with criticisms not only of Antony, whose boldness he wants branded by that statue, but also with criticisms of their insistence to send Sulpicius on the embassy and ultimately to die, to make them understand clearly what he is saying, Cicero uses a combination of styles in the Ninth Philippic. I wed Hermogenes' theory of types with close analyses of sentence structure to describe Cicero's "Making" in a way that avoids the problems with recent efforts, marriages on the rocks. My study is a happy marriage: the variety of ornamentation in Cicero's late-style shines out, epideictic speeches of different time periods dance together in new ways and relations of style to content interlock.
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