Marcus Tullius Cicero was a Roman statesman, lawyer, scholar, philosopher, and academic sceptic. many people believe that Cicero was one of the greatest rhetoric masters in history. According to the dictionary rhetoric is “the art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing, especially the use of figures of speech and other compositional techniques.” Cicero was very persuasive, more than most people in his time. Catiline’s full name was Lucius Sergius Catilina. According to Wikipedia “Catiline was a Roman politician and soldier. He is best known for instigating the Catilinarian conspiracy, a failed attempt to violently seize control of the Roman state in 63 BC.

How important was the rhetorical Context of Cicero’s orations: his listeners’ fear of Catiline’s conspiracy and army? According to the dictionary oration is “a formal speech, especially one given on a ceremonial occasion.” Basically the Catilinarian conspiracy was an oration from Cicero to Catiline where he was being rhetoric to get Catiline out of the city. The main key in Cicero’s speeches was to be rhetoric. The rhetoric in his speeches is the thing that impacted people. Because Cicero was being so rhetoric Catiline could not answer him, nor could anyone else there. Cicero kept on talking and not giving anyone else time to answer and that is how he got the time to be rhetoric. 

The Catilinarian conspiracy was Cicero confronting Catiline. Catiline was thought to be trying to overthrow Rome. So Cicero confronted him to get out of the city with his army. Catiline did go after the first part of this speech. In the rest of the speech Cicero was telling everyone else to beware of Catiline. To trust Cicero because he claimed the gods sent him to do this. And to be ready if there is a war. When Cicero was confronting Catiline Cicero said four different orations which were all pointed at Catiline and getting him out of the city. 

Because of Cicero’s rhetoric speech he successfully got Catiline out of Rome. Cicero was well trained with rhetoric speeches so this one was easy. If not for Cicero, Catiline might have attacked and successfully destroyed Rome. 

Leave a Reply