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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (Feb. 22 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415251494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415251495
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 413 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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'[An] engaging and readable book ... I thoroughly recommend this as a refreshing look at Cicero and his society.' - JACT Review

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By A Customer on Jan. 15 2003
Format: Hardcover
Fascinating in every respect, The Hand of Cicero uses the life and career of Rome's most famous orator in order to illuminate the centrality of writing and documentation to the ancient Latin world, long thought to be an almost exclusively oral culture. The book is elegantly written and persuasively argued. But in its extended meditations on Cicero's life, it is also utterly engrossing, as all great stories are. This is the best book that I have read about Cicero or about ancient rhetoric, aesthetics, and law in the last five years. I recommend it with unstinting enthusiasm to academic and non-academic readers alike.
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By A Customer on Nov. 12 2002
Format: Hardcover
Though the writing is clear and lucid, his overall argument lacks clarity. The theories presented are interesting, but often a bit of a reach. The detailed nature of his accounts, though at times is fascinating, it can elsewhere contribute to the soporific tone of the book. However, it is evident that the author has a great deal of affinity for his subject, which contributes to an enthusiastic basis for the book, but cannot justify the obvious biases that he let seep into his writing.
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Brilliant work, tremendous pleasure. Jan. 15 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Fascinating in every respect, The Hand of Cicero uses the life and career of Rome's most famous orator in order to illuminate the centrality of writing and documentation to the ancient Latin world, long thought to be an almost exclusively oral culture. The book is elegantly written and persuasively argued. But in its extended meditations on Cicero's life, it is also utterly engrossing, as all great stories are. This is the best book that I have read about Cicero or about ancient rhetoric, aesthetics, and law in the last five years. I recommend it with unstinting enthusiasm to academic and non-academic readers alike.
4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Shane Butler's The Hand of Cicero Nov. 12 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Though the writing is clear and lucid, his overall argument lacks clarity. The theories presented are interesting, but often a bit of a reach. The detailed nature of his accounts, though at times is fascinating, it can elsewhere contribute to the soporific tone of the book. However, it is evident that the author has a great deal of affinity for his subject, which contributes to an enthusiastic basis for the book, but cannot justify the obvious biases that he let seep into his writing.


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