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ERIC Number: ED075872
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 6
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Cicero and Quintilian on the Formation of an Orator.
Golden, James L.
Speech Journal, n6 p29-34 1969
The contributions of Cicero and Quintilian, the two leading Roman rhetoricians, were based on their acceptance of the prior philosophical theories of Isocrates, which emphasized a cultural approach to rhetoric. Cicero and Quintilian, drawing from Isocrates, sought prospective orators who had a natural talent for eloquence and who could adopt a cultural approach to rhetoric that emphasized the worth of reading and writing as important to forming the abilities of the model speaker. Their particular contributions were their emphases on the relationships between writing and speaking ability and their construction of systems of rhetoric which viewed the orator as the prime motivator of a group of listeners on a specific occasion. Their writer-speaker centered rhetoric anticipated the tradition of rhetoric and letters that flourished in later centuries, with special relevance for mid-twentieth century students of communication theory. (Author/RN)
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Authoring Institution: Southern Connecticut State Coll., New Haven. Dept. of Speech.