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Hortensius dans le Brutus: une polémique rhétorique sous forme d’éloge funèbre

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The presence of Hortensius in Brutus revolves around three fundamental moments: the initial funeral epitaph, the detailed study of eloquence of orator, the remembrance of career that Cicero had made in parallel with it. Unlike other Ciceronian dialogues, Brutus does not open by the address to dedicatee, the indication of the subject, the description of dialogue and the presentation of interlocutors. Hortensius did not feel the need to deepen his knowledge of disciplines other than rhetoric nor seems to harbor doubts about the excellence of his eloquence. The analysis of qualities of Hortensius is related to number of historic elements, in particular the beginning of social war in which the elements had participated and the reduction of the judicial activities to only trials which take place in accordance with the lex Varia of maiestate of 90. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: Brutus; Cicero's career; Ciceronian dialogues; funeral epitaph; Hortensius; orator's eloquence; rhetoric



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