Cicero's Style: A Synopsis by Michael Von Albrecht

By Michael Von Albrecht

This research of Cicero's kind discusses transformations of literary genres, nuances of fashion inside person works, and chronological improvement, through an account of fastened parts standard of Cicero's diction. ultimately, chosen interpretative stories display the connection of favor and context within the orations, with particular regard to literary shape and political or ethical content material. The booklet concludes with an Epilogue at the "De oratore" and the tradition of speech, opposite to inveterate prejudices, Cicero doesn't confine himself to a unmarried (so-called "Ciceronian") kind, yet consciously and ably employs the entire check in of kinds. the writer issues out in what respects a research of his type may be worthwhile even at the present time.

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148 On this, cf. Müller, Prosaübersetzungen, passim and below, p. 130. 149 Cicero captures the precise meaning of Greek terms and semantic nuances of synonyms (cf. beatus—felix; status—constitutio). In the fourth Book of the De Finibus (even more than in the pre­ ceding books) he tries to render not only the meaning of Greek words but also their linguistic shape; later on he prefers those equiv­ alents which have a natural ring and disguise their foreign origin ( finis bonorum, summum bonum, commodum, dilectus).

52; II 5. 43. 112; noctes et dies: De Oratore 1. 61. 260; Brutus 90. 308; Tusculanae Disputationes 5. 25. 70; et dies et noctes: Ad Atticum 12. 46; dies noctesque: Pro S. Roscio 2. 6; 24. 67; 29. 81; Pro Rege Deiotaro 13. 38 and rather frequently in the orations. Another feature redolent of poetic language is neque . . non, which, however, is mostly found outside the letters. 178 Stroux, ‘Gericht’ 127. 179 Cf. De Oratore 3. 41. 165. Hofmann/Szantyr 780. 180 Cf. above, pp. 30–32, cf. also Traglia, Fonti.

4. 4 dedita (sc. 162 The reasons for this are of psychological nature: Academica 2. 27. 88 tum cum videbantur, quo modo viderentur, id quaeritur (‘but our problem is how [the dreams] appeared at the moment when they were seen’). Had the sentence not been in the subjunctive, the imper­ fect indicative would have been used here, and this explains (by ‘attraction’) the appearance of the imperfect subjunctive instead of the expected perfect subjunctive. Ad Atticum 11. 16. 3 idem a te nunc peto, quod superioribus litteris, ut .

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