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Prestige de l'orateur dans la Rome tardo-républicaine : Cicéron auctor de son auctoritas

Abstract : Orators enjoyed great prestige in Ancient Rome based primarily on the orator's auctoritas, a specifically Roman concept whose meaning is broader than the term "authority". The example of Cicero allows us to understand how a homo novus could become author (auctor) of his own auctoritas. On the basis of Cicero's own definition of the four personae each individual is made up of, we can more clearly understand the strategy he used to become both a successful lawyer and a politician whose word was prestigious in this troubled period at the end of the Republic. Cicero theorized his own oratorical practice, emphasizing the actio, rhetorical performance being essential for the prestige of the speech to be effective: prestige only exists if it can be seen. Cicero was indeed the auctor of his auctoritas, but his example came too late to save the prestige of the Republican orator.
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Emilia Ndiaye. Prestige de l'orateur dans la Rome tardo-républicaine : Cicéron auctor de son auctoritas. Robinson Baudry et Frédéric Hurlet. Le prestige à Rome à la fin de la République et au début du Principat, Editions de Boccard, pp.193-204, 2016, Colloques de la Maison de l'Archéologie et de l'Ethnologie (MAE), René-Ginouvès, 978-2-7018-0435-4. ⟨hal-03602109⟩



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