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Démétrios de Phalère dans le Brutus

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In this chapter, there are two mentions of Demetrius Phalereus in Brutus, the first, developed enough, made by the philosopher and statesman of the late fourth century, the final step of a panorama of Greek eloquence which poses many interpretation problems. The second mention intervenes in a debate between Cicero and Brutus on the definition of Atticism and plays a clearer role: it allows Cicero to show that Atticism can not be defined only in negative, as the absence of any stylistic research and simple respect of grammaticality, but it was incarnated in personalities as diverse as Demosthenes and Lysias, even in orators so "flowery" as Demetrius Faliro. Hypothesis is that the difference between two types of evocations of Demetrius is explained by existence, in the Brutus, of new type of identification between the Greek orator-philosopher and Cicero himself. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: Atticism; Brutus; Cicero; Demetrius Phalereus; Greek eloquence; Greek orator-philosopher



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