Oxford: N. Bliss for M. Bliss, and R. Bliss, 1808. New Edition. Hardcover. 12mo; xviii, 429pp. A Very Good copy in contemporary boards w/extremity wear and faint damp-staining (text unaffected). Item #17380
'De Oratore', a dialogue written by Cicero in 55 BCE, is set in 91 BCE, when Lucius Licinius Crassus dies, just before the Social War and the civil war between Marius and Sulla, during which Marcus Antonius Orator, the other great orator of this dialogue, dies. Amidst the moral and political decadence of the state, Cicero wrote 'De Oratore' to describe the ideal orator and imagine him as a moral guide of the state. He did not intend the dialogue as merely a treatise on rhetoric, but went beyond mere technique to make several references to philosophical principles. Cicero understood that the power of persuasion—the ability to verbally manipulate opinion in crucial political decisions—was a key issue. The power of words in the hands of a man without scruples or principles would endanger the whole community. - wiki.