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By Jonathan Hall

In Cicero’s Use of Judicial Theater, Jon corridor examines Cicero's use of showmanship within the Roman courts, taking a look particularly on the nonverbal units that he employs in the course of his speeches as he makes an attempt to govern opinion. Cicero's speeches within the law-courts frequently contain theatrical units together with using relations family as props in the course of emotional appeals, exploitation of tears and supplication, and the donning of especially dirtied clothes by means of defendants in the course of a tribulation, all of which distinction strikingly with the practices of the modem suggest. corridor investigates how Cicero effectively deployed those strategies and why they performed this sort of fashionable half within the Roman courts. those "judicial theatrics" are infrequently mentioned through the traditional rhetorical handbooks, and Cicero’s Use of Judicial Theater argues that their winning use by way of Roman orators derives principally from the inherent theatricality of aristocratic existence in historical Rome—most of the units deployed within the courts look in different places within the social and political actions of the elite.

While Cicero’s Use of Judicial Theater will be of curiosity basically to expert students and scholars learning the speeches of Cicero, its wider analyses, either one of Roman cultural customs and the idiosyncratic practices of the courts, will end up proper additionally to social historians, in addition to historians of felony procedure.

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