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Cicero's Accretive Style Rhetorical Strategies in the Exordia of the Judicial Speeches
978-0-7618-0438-3 • Hardback
November 1996 • $70.00 • (£44.95)
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Pages: 202
Size: 6 x 9
By Steven M. Cerutti
Literary Criticism | Ancient & Classical
University Press of America
Cicero's Accretive Style is a book about the nature of the Ciceronian exordium and its rhetorical structure and function. Through a sentence-by-sentence stylistic analysis of the exordia of a selection of Cicero's judicial speeches, this book explores how Cicero uses a variety of rhetorical strategies to fulfill the aims of the exordium as he himself defined them. The speeches selected for study include the Pro Quinctio, Pro Roscio Amerino, and Pro Rege Deiotaro, and cover the span of Cicero's career. The focus of the analysis is on Cicero's "accretive" style—not a rhetorical device in the formal sense, but a conscious, stylistic effort whose effect is rhetorical. Because Cicero also wrote important treatises on oratory and rhetoric, this book measures how closely Cicero followed his own guidelines laid down for the exordium, and how and under what circumstances he deviated or departed from them.
Steven M. Cerutti is Assistant Professor of Classical Studies at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.