Cicero, Catullus and the Language of Social Performance (Paperback)
  • Cicero, Catullus and the Language of Social Performance (Paperback)
zoom

Cicero, Catullus and the Language of Social Performance (Paperback)

(author)
£52.00
Paperback 376 Pages / Published: 09/04/2001
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
Charm, wit and style were critical, but dangerous, ingredients in the social repertoire of the Roman elite. Their use drew special attention, but also exposed one to potential ridicule or rejection for valuing style over substance. Brian A. Krostenko explores the complexities and ambiguities of charm, wit and style in Roman literature of the late Republic by tracking the origins, development and use of the terms that described them, which he calls "the language of social performance". As Krostenko desmonstrates, a key feature of this language is its capacity to express both approval and disdain - an artifact of its origins at a time when the "style" and "charm" of imported Greek cultural practices were greeted with both enthusiasm and hostility. Cicero played on that ambiguity, for example, by chastising "lepidus" ("fine") boys in the "Second Oration against Catiline" as degenerates, then arguing in his "De Oratore" that the successful speaker must have a certain charming "lepos" ("wit"). Catullus, in turn, exploited and inverted the political subtexts of this language for innovative poetic and erotic idioms.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226454443
Number of pages: 376
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
Edition: 2nd ed.

You may also be interested in...

Antigone; Oedipus the King; Electra
Added to basket
Metamorphoses
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Riverside Chaucer
Added to basket
The Histories
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Aristophanes: Lysistrata
Added to basket
The Iliad
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
A Guide to Old English
Added to basket
The Iliad
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Poetics
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
The Mabinogion
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Odyssey
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
Rumi Poems
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Classics: A Very Short Introduction
Added to basket
The Canterbury Tales
Added to basket
The Tain
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Three Theban Plays
Added to basket

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.