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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 control opinion. Cicero's speeches within the law-courts frequently comprise theatrical units together with using relatives family as props in the course of emotional appeals, exploitation of tears and supplication, and the donning of especially dirtied clothes through defendants in the course of a tribulation, all of which distinction strikingly with the practices of the modem recommend. corridor investigates how Cicero effectively deployed those suggestions and why they performed the sort of well-known half within the Roman courts. those "judicial theatrics" are hardly mentioned by means of the traditional rhetorical handbooks, and Cicero’s Use of Judicial Theater argues that their profitable use through Roman orators derives principally from the inherent theatricality of aristocratic lifestyles in old 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 essentially to specialist 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 turn out suitable additionally to social historians, in addition to historians of felony procedure.

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