Cicero, Catullus, and the Language of Social Performance
- List Price: $153.00
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
- Publish date: 02/01/2001
- ISBN: 9780226454436
- ISBN10: 0226454436
As Krostenko demonstrates, 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 thai ambiguity, for example, by chastising lepidus ("fine") boys in file "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.