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Persuasive Language in Cicero’s Pro Milone: A Close Reading and Commentary

Citation: Fotheringham, Lynn S. (2017) Persuasive Language in Cicero’s Pro Milone: A Close Reading and Commentary. Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies Supplements . Institute Of Classical Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London, London. ISBN 9781905670680


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This innovative approach to Cicero’s persuasive language analyses the style and structure of one of his important speeches in more details than has ever been done before. It applies ideas from modern linguistics (sentential topic, lexical patterning, interactional discourse), and explores the possibilities and limitations of quantitative analysis, made easier by modern computing power, in the areas of syntax and vocabulary. The result is a reading of the Pro Milone as a unified text, whether aimed at persuading the jury to acquit Milo or at persuading a wider audience that Milo should have been acquitted. This reading not only contributes to our understanding of late republican discourse, but also suggests a new methodology for using the study of language and style to illuminate literary/historical aspects of texts.

Creators: Fotheringham, Lynn S. and
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Subjects: Classics
Divisions: UoL Press
Institute of Classical Studies
Collections: Humanities Digital Library
  • 1 September 2017 (published)


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