Cicero’s (S)Trumpet: Roman Women and the Second Philippic

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Nancy A. Myers, Associate Professor (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: Focusing on the references to women and the feminine in The Second Philippic Against Antony, I argue that Cicero‘s female allusions open up a rhetorical space that exposes the subtle tensions within the Roman social dynamic of men and women. This historically contextualized rhetorical analysis offers a complex understanding of Roman women as both historical entities and rhetorical representations. The article illustrates the importance of understanding not only women in the rhetorical tradition but also mythical portrayals of women as an argumentative strategy.

Additional Information

Publication
Rhetoric Review. 22.4 (2003): 337-52. DOI: 10.1207/S15327981RR2204_1
Language: English
Date: 2003
Keywords
Cicero, female allusions, Roman women, rhetorical representations, mythical portrayals