TITLE

Born to Speak: "Ingenium" and "Natura" in Tacitus's "Dialogue on Orators."

AUTHOR(S)
Syson, Antonia
PUB. DATE
January 2009
SOURCE
Arethusa;Winter2009, Vol. 42 Issue 1, p45
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article analyzes the use of Latin words ingenium and natura, with reference to Roman historian Tacitus Cornelius' "Dialogus de Oratoribus" or "Dialogue on Orators." It relates that the word ingenium refers to the personality, intellect and creative power that a person is born with, and it can also serve as a near synonym for natura. It indicates that the use of natura helps emphasizes the perceptible artifice involved in separating present and past. Cornelius heightens the generic effect of his Dialogus' genre by verbally connecting the act of writing a dialogue with the questions of eloquence and identity that drive the discussion. Moreover, each speech reveals how the search for intrinsic and essential truth gets embroiled in the contingent experiences of a community.
ACCESSION #
36784137

 

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