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The Post Reditum Speeches

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The phrase 'post reditum speeches' has at least two senses. In a narrower sense, it generally refers to four of Cicero's speeches from the immediate aftermath of his return from exile and dealing with matters arising from that exile and return: Post Reditum ad Senatum, Post Reditum ad Populum, De Domo Sua, and De Haruspicum Responsis. In a broader sense, the one in which it is used here, it includes all the speeches between Cicero's return and the dictatorship of Caesar, of which fourteen survive. This is the largest and most diverse group of speeches. The speeches span only a few years, but they were politically turbulent ones. The addressees comprise the Senate, the Roman people, the Pontifical College, several criminal juries, and one panel deciding a citizenship case. The three main genres of forensic, deliberative, and epideictic oratory are all represented.

Keywords: Caesar; Cicero; epideictic oratory; Pontifical College; post reditum speeches; Roman people



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