Summer Courses





Powers of Persuasion: Cicero's Political Rhetoric

Term: 
Summer 2013
Online: 
No
Subject Area: 
CLASSICAL STUDIES (CLST)
Course Number: 
CLST 135 920
Schedule: 
Monday 1:00pm-2:35pm
Schedule: 
Tuesday 1:00pm-2:35pm
Schedule: 
Wednesday 1:00pm-2:35pm
Schedule: 
Thursday 1:00pm-2:35pm
Day(s): 
Monday
Day(s): 
Tuesday
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Wednesday
Day(s): 
Thursday
Instructor: 

KENTY, JOANNA

Primary Program: 
School of Arts and Sciences
Secondary Program: 
The Pre-College Program
Secondary Program: 
The Young Scholars Program
Course Description: 

A democratic republic in crisis, debilitated by the corruption and ambition of its politicians, sinking into an increasingly bitter confrontation of two political parties--2,000 years ago.  In the first century BCE, Rome faced many of the same political challenges we do today; and as in contemporary America, politicians relied on rhetoric and the art of spin to manipulate public opinion and win support.  In this course we will be reading the speeches of Cicero, perhaps the greatest of the Roman orators and certainly one of the great figures in the history of rhetoric, and studying the kinds of strategies he used to advance his own career and the interests of his party.

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