Cicero later dismissed it and argued that their other works that are oratorical superceded it.
B. Regarding the Orator
An extended treatise, by means of a discussion, regarding the orator that is ideal.
It also contains useful discussions of the nature of and the relationships among law, philosophy, and rhetoric while it is full of detail which can be tedious to those who are not deeply interested in the theory of rhetoric. Cicero places rhetoric above both legislation and philosophy, arguing that the perfect orator would have learned both legislation and philosophy (including normal philosophy) and would include eloquence besides. He contends that several years ago philosophy and rhetoric had been taught together, and that they have now been separated that it is unfortunate. The most effective orator would be the best human being, who does comprehend the proper method to live, work through speeches, through the example of his life, and through making good laws upon it by taking a leading role in politics, and instruct others in it.
C. In the Republic
This dialogue is, unfortuitously, in a acutely mutilated condition. It defines the commonwealth that is ideal such as for instance may be triggered by the orator described in regarding the Orator. In doing so it attempts to offer philosophical underpinnings for current Roman organizations and also to demonstrate that Roman history was fundamentally the increasing perfection regarding the Republic, that is better than virtually any federal government since it is a government that is mixed. By this Cicero ensures that it combines components of monarchy, aristocracy, and democracy when you look at the right stability; the modern audience may well disagree. (more…)