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By William H. F. Altman

Brill’s better half to the Reception of Cicero is a set of essays via a world and interdisciplinary crew of students that situates Cicero within the context of his use and abuse from antiquity to the current, and is meant to supply readers with numerous strong purposes to come back to the research of Cicero's writings with higher curiosity and appreciate.

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In the end he changed his mind about inverting the quatrains because this would have been ‘against the rules of rhetoric’, but which rules? 45 Where did this terminology come from? 47 There is a similar passage in the Orator, 163, where Cicero advises the orator to choose words that are particularly ‘bene sonantia’ and taken from ordinary language and here the humanist writes in the margin: 43 Rosanna Bettarini, ‘Il libro sommerso degli scartafacci’, in Lacrime e inchiostro nel Canzoniere di Petrarca (Bologna: CLUEB, 1998), pp.

He was also particularly keen to find another text, the one mentioned so enthusiastically by St Augustine, the Hortensius, 14 For a detailed analysis of the letter, see Michele Feo, ‘Petrarca e Cicerone’. ]. Et illa quidem etate nichil intellegere poteram, sola me verborum dulcedo quedam et sonoritas detinebat, ut quicquid aliud vel legerem, vel audirem, raucum mihi, longeque dissonum videretur’: see Franciscus Petrarcae, Opera omnia (Basle: Sebastianus Henricpetri, 1581), p. 946. For Feo, this sweetness means that Cicero’s prose was almost like poetry for Petrarch, and was probably connected with the cadences of Cicero’s clauses (‘Petrarca e Cicerone’, pp.

Florence: Sansoni, 1933–42). Petrarch and Cicero 21 If one of the main tenets of Renaissance humanism was the search for original texts, then Petrarch made a huge contribution in this area, and his two most significant manuscript discoveries were of texts by Cicero. In June 1333 he found the speech Pro Archia in Liège, an oration on behalf of the minor poet Archias which had not been read since antiquity. The oration was not Cicero’s most famous speech, and indeed was rather brief, but it was to prove highly significant for the development of the major cultural movement which Petrarch inaugurated, Renaissance humanism.

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