Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Show how Cicero exemplifies the speaker who is also a doer.

Some of Cicero’s orations have long been used in the teaching of Latin. What practical value is there in studying the structures of argument by an ancient orator?

During what period in American political history did Cicero most influence political speakers?

One of Cicero’s favorite courtroom techniques was “passing over” a subject that he would, in fact, thus emphasize, so that his listeners would remember it. Cite some instances of this technique being used today, in or out of literature.

The word “rhetoric” is often used with negative connotations. What are the principles by which Cicero defends the importance of rhetoric?

Summarize and assess Cicero’s essay on friendship or one of his other essays.